Philip K. Dick:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928; he died of heart failure in 1982. He won the Hugo for The Man in the High Castle and the John Campbell award for Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said. Many of his short stories have been made into movies; Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (Bladerunner) and We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (Total Recall).
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Adjustable Television
A television that allowed viewers to adjust the content of political speeches.

The Simulacra (1964)

Agfom Potent-Shot - picture the future
Special film allows user to take a picture of what happens in the next thirty minutes.

Clans of the Alphane Moon (1964)

Agile Recording Robot
A recording machine that moves toward its subject.

Solar Lottery (1955)

Alcohol-Sensing System
A vehicle subsystem that detected alcohol use in the driver, and then took control of the car away from the driver.

The Game Players of Titan (1963)

Ampek F-a2 Recording System
A device that incorporated a living protoplasm, used as a recording and playback system.

The Simulacra (1964)

Android Safety Mechanism
A device that temporarily incapacitates an android.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

Andy - an artificial human
A slang term for "android" - an artificially created humanoid being.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

Antithermal Shield
A material that protected against climate warming.

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965)

Art-Derm - spray-on skin
Artificial skin sprayed directly on the body.

Dr. Futurity (1960)

Artificial Gill Outfit
A diving suit that pulls air from the water.

We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (1966)

Artiforg
An artificial organ kept 'on line' in the body.

Ubik (1969)

Artif-Org - mechanical replacement organ
A mechanical version of a human organ.

Cantata 140 (1964)

Artigraft
Artificial skin graft.

Solar Lottery (1955)

Auto Course-Finding Pilot
A device that not only pilots the craft, but will also plot out a course for you.

Clans of the Alphane Moon (1964)

Auto Shovel
Automated mining equipment for use in space.

The Simulacra (1964)

Autofac (Nanorobots) - a factory that can replicate itself
Very small robots working on self-replication

Autofac (1955)

Automated Apartment Maintenance
Automated devices that would oversee the maintenance of a rented apartment.

Ubik (1969)

Automatic Factory
Manufacturing facility that functions entirely autonomously.

Autofac (1955)

Automatic Ore Cart
An autonomous truck for raw ore processing.

Autofac (1955)

Autonomic Cab - all on its own
An automated taxicab (without robotic driver).

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965)

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