Frederik Pohl:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Frederik Pohl (b. 1919) is both an sf writer and editor. He attended the Bronx High School of Science, becoming friends with Isaac Asimov. He was a member of the Futurians as a young man. Unfortunately, when he was 14, he was forced to quit school to work (due to the Great Depression). He edited Galaxy and If magazines from 1959 until 1969. He won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for his novel Gateway in 1978. He also won a John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel, and is recognized as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Automatic Companion Robot - better than a puppy
A robotic replacement for a pet or friend.

The Midas Plague (1954)

Automatized Factory
A factory consisting of machines with imposed human abilities.

The Tunnel Under The World (1955)

Big Screen Control - right from your personal device
Display content from your personal device on a large shared screen.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Caller Contact List - very early use
A list of callers kept on the phone instrument.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Cellphone Credit Card - mobile phone wallet
Cellphone that can act as a credit card.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Cellphone Tranquilizing Spray
A mild sedative administered automatically by your cellphone.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Cellphone Voice Mail - very early use of concept
Callers speak into their instrument, and the content of the call is stored by the network for the user to replay at will.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Consumption Robots
Humanoid robots placed in the position of consuming material goods to relieve human beings of the burden.

The Midas Plague (1954)

Corpsicle - thaw and fix
Cryogenically frozen person who could (hopefully) be revived later.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Death-Reversal Equipment
Brings you back from losing a duel.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Electronic Analogue of Living Brain
Imposing the abilities of a human brain into a computer

The Tunnel Under The World (1955)

Garbage Device
Autonomous garbage collection device.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Human Habit Pattern Machines
Imposing human habits onto machines.

The Tunnel Under The World (1955)

Interests Profile - an intelligent agent
An intelligent agent; a software program with your personal tastes on file.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Joymaker - the ultimate PDA
A networked personal digital assistant - that really is an assistant.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Law Clerk Robot
A robotic lawyer.

The Midas Plague (1954)

Maid-Robot
A mechanical automaton does the work of a lady's maid.

The Midas Plague (1954)

Networked Personal Device - the backend is more important
The idea that the true power of a mobile device lies in it's backend network capabilities.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Online Employability Profile Testing - get the right job first
An online test that determines the best areas in which you might search for a job.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

Online Job Search - via cellphone
Networked assets allow ordinary people to search through nationwide job listings upon providing a short set of qualifications.

The Age of The Pussyfoot (1966)

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