Rudy Rucker:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Rudy Rucker (b. 1946) is a computer scientist and science fiction author. He is perhaps best known for the Ware Tetralogy, the first two of which (Software and Wetware) won Philip K. Dick awards. He has also authored several non-fiction books on science and mathematics.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Boppers - robots do their own thing
Self-reproducing robots; they did not obey Asimov's laws for robots (or any other man-made rules).

Wetware (1988)

Flexitime - you've had enough, pal
A work system that actually tells you when you've put in your time.

Master of Space and Time (1984)

Flickercladding - light emission and absorption
A covering that allowed robots to absorb incident light or emit light, as needed.

Wetware (1988)

Heartshirt - wear your pulse on your sleeve
A shirt that was able to detect heart sounds and display associated colors.

Wetware (1988)

A device that captures a person's life experience in software.

Soft Death (1986)

Autonomous, intelligent, artificial life forms.

Freeware (1997)

Nanomachines replicate theselves from dust - and cover the Earth.

Postsingular (2007)

A fixed mode of transporting people outside; and, they get to sit down.

Wetware (1988)

Planck Juice - pre-quark beverage
A continuous pre-quark force-medium with no distinguishing characteristics (it's mostly gluons)

Master of Space and Time (1984)

Twist-Box - hack your own reality
A device that scrambles your sensory input, providing you with a different kind of experience.

Wetware (1988)

Vizzyprint - phone printer
A printer attached to a video phone.

Wetware (1988)

Week Trees - quick bonsai
Specially engineered bonsai that could grow in a week, instead of decades.

Wetware (1988)

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