Vernor Vinge:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Vernor Vinge (b. 1944) is an American science fiction writer, computer scientist and mathematician. He has written two Hugo award-winning novels (A Fire Upon the Deep A Deepness in the Sky) among a number of other well-liked works. His essay on the technological Singularity is also well-known; in it, he argues that exponential growth in technology will lead to a future that we cannot imagine. Vinge retired from teaching in 2002 to write full-time.
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Answerboard - good name for it

Rainbows End (2006)

Browser Paper - one page IE

Rainbows End (2006)

Camera Tunnel

Rainbows End (2006)

Data Space

True Names (1981)

Dataset

A Fire Upon The Deep (1992)

Dustmote

A Deepness in the Sky (1999)

Focusing - using mindrot

A Deepness in the Sky (1999)

House-of-Cards Construction

Rainbows End (2006)

Ilse - first intelligent ship brain

Long Shot (1972)

Librareome Project

Rainbows End (2006)

Localizer - tiny network mote

A Deepness in the Sky (1999)

Navicloud Custom Debinder

Rainbows End (2006)

Personality Simulator

True Names (1981)

Portal

True Names (1981)

Reality Graphics

A Fire Upon The Deep (1992)

Skrode

A Fire Upon The Deep (1992)

Smart Contact Lenses - data from wearables

Fast Times At Fairmont High (2001)

Video Wallpaper

A Deepness in the Sky (1999)

Virtual World Kiss

True Names (1981)

Virtual world metaphor - early use

True Names (1981)

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