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John Brunner was born in 1934 in Oxfordshire, England; he died in 1995. He received a bachelors in modern languages from Oxford. He published his first story in 1953 in Astounding. He wrote many wonderful novels, including The Shockwave Rider and The Sheep Look Up.
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Mydoom Email Worm (aka Novarg Mimail)
Virus protection makers are scrambling to keep the Mydoom email worm from spreading quickly over the Internet.
StreetNet: Brussels Provides Free WiFi At Internet Kiosks
The Brussels city government established five open-air Internet kiosks that provide wifi-enabled web surfing for all citizens and visitors. The weatherproof kiosks have a touchscreen for those without a laptop or PDA.
Can Computer Tapeworms And Viruses Be Your Friends
Computer tapeworms and viruses are feared by computer users today. But the creator of the term "computer virus" conceived of them as being helpful (as well as potentially harmful).
Dogs Sniff For Cancer
Dogs can detect cancer through their sense of smell, according to a study published last weekend in the British medical journal BMJ.
Leaked USAF Report Targets European GPS Satellites
A leaked report indicates that the US will attack and destroy the European Union's Galileo positioning satellites in time of war, if necessary.
CIA's 'Silent Horizon' Internet War Games
The CIA has just finished conducting a series of cyberwargames. The intent was to test the ability of government and industry to repond to Internet disruptions, which have grown more damaging over the years.
No Online Voting Yet (How long Did You Wait In Line?)
'...every veephone on the continent would display, over and over, two propositions'- John Brunner, 1975.
TMSUK Robot Carries Your Bags
John Brunner referred to an implementation of this idea that sounded like more fun.
Virtual Air Guitar Totally Rocks, Dude
Awesome virtual air guitar hack lets others hear what you've been playing for years.
Porter 'Robots' For Baggage, If Not People
Anybody who is working on an automated solution to me carrying my bags through the airport gets an A for effort from me.
Information-Free Zones Future Vacation Spot
Interesting artistic concept - would you pay to keep from drowning in information and connectivity (at least on vacation)?
Cyberviolence A Growing Web Trend In South Korea
Rumors and attacks on individuals by groups of Internet users is now a serious problem in South Korea.
Electric Voting From Home Via Internet
John Brunner wrote about electronic voting in a very revealing way in 1975
Your Scrap Copper Future
I've seen this science-fictional future before; where's my personal smelter now that I need one?
Russian Robot Suitcase
The modern science of robotics addresses one of the oldest concerns of man - who carries the luggage?
RoboPorter Carries Your Baggage, Guides You
Use this handy robot to carry your bags - and it can even guide you to your destination.
Codename 'Reynard' - Hunt Terrorists In Virtual Worlds
Terrorists are expanding their efforts on the 'net; al Qaeda alone has at least 5,600 websites online.
New Porter Robot - Matsushita Mechanorg
Very nifty autoporter robot can find its way around in airports - and follows you where ever you go.
Computer Built Into Desk Concept
This is a great design concept, especially since it seems to involve almost no actual Photoshopping; John Brunner did a better job with the concept forty years ago.
Electronic Voting Banned In Netherlands
Someday, Americans will figure out how to conduct uniformly democratic elections.
Live Luggage Ready To Roll
Nowadays, the airlines will probably charge extra for luggage that can move itself.
Shadow Caddy Robot Is Golfer's Dream Bot
Very simple design and execution makes this a highly usable bot; see the video, and compare it to four other much more complicated ideas for carrying bags around.
I-9/11 Event Would Bring iPatriot Act
Interesting argument by Lessig regarding the free Internet that we all use, and how easily our freedom might be lost.
Dog Wan Robot Available For Lease
Here's a cute little robotic dog ready to lease in Japan; it can even carry a small bag for you.
Vote Flipping Video Shows Poor Electronic Plebiscite
Video of how a voting machine fails to properly register a voter's choices makes me think that paper ballots might have a future.
Inflatable Church Bouncy Like Heavenly Clouds
Inflatable churches make a lot of sense, just as they did in the novel I read over thirty years ago.
The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 Could Shut Down Your Internet
The Cybersecurity Act may need a way to shut down all or part of the Internet - Brunner, who first introduced the term 'computer tapeworm', is ahead of everyone once again.
Silicon Sunshine - Data Transparency In Government
Should the government be forced to put every last bit of information it has online, every minute of every day? Lawrence Lessig has comments, and so does John Brunner.
'Webtribution' Fact And Fiction
Nothing that a good retaliatory worm wouldn't fix.
Cybercrimes Of The Decade
Cybercrime is larger and more varied, what will the next decade bring?
Tiered Internet: Google/Verizon Deal/No Deal
Is net neutrality over?
Robotic Wheelchair Autonomously Follows Walking Companion
This prototype device could make life easier for people who must use wheelchairs to get around.
E-Voting Simple And Verifiable
Does David Bismark have the best idea for a simple, verifiable and transparent means of electronic voting?
Hey WikiLeaks! Where's My Shockwave Rider App?
John Brunner had a pretty good idea about this some forty-five years ago.
Egypt Drops Dime, Pulls Plug On Internet
The government of Egypt made a few phone calls and poof! Its citizens have no Internet access - and we have no access into the country from outside.
Dogs Sniff For Cancer
Take a whiff, Fido!
Bank Of America ATMs Are Now Truth Machines
John Brunner gave us the idea for this kind of data transparency.
Does China Have An Internet Kill Switch?
You never know when you might need one.
Danceroom Spectroscopy Nano Dance
Make music by interacting with the quantum world.
The Flame - Malware Worthy of John Brunner
'There were so many worms and counterworms loose in the data-net now, the machines had been instructed to give them low priority.'
The Robotic Shopping Cart Of The Future
'...the machine would carry his bag in its soft plastic jaws and follow him as faithfully as a well-trained hound.'- John Brunner, 1975.
Global Crowd Intelligence Needs Your Help
'... while nobody knows what's going on around here, everybody knows what's going on around here.'- John Brunner, 1975.
US Census Will Be Online In 2020
'Most would be in English, but some would be in Spanish, some in Amerind languages, some in Chinese...'- John Brunner, 1975.
OK2TALK Like Hearing Aid From Shockwave Rider
'Demanding no fees, it's affordable where psychotherapy is not.'- John Brunner, 1976.
SciCast Prediction Market Offers Collaborative Forecasting
'When you consolidate their replies they tend to cluster around the actual figure…'- John Brunner, 1975.
An 'OFF' Switch For The Brain
'Yes, sir, he's status go.'- John Brunner, 1975.
Greenhouse Plugin Reveals Your Congressman's Money Sources
'Fuller details may be obtained by punching the code number...'- John Brunner, 1975
The Claustrum - The Brain's On Off Switch?
'All I have to do is move this switch and he'll recover consciousness...'- John Brunner, 1976.
Blahtherapy - You Vent Anonymously To Strangers
'It's a service. Imposing no penances, it's kinder than the confessional.'- John Brunner, 1975.
Budgee Robot Carries Your Bags
'From now until his credit expired the machine would carry his bag in its soft plastic jaws...'- John Brunner, 1975.
Oh, Just Let Robots Run Airports
I'd like a friendly robot to help me at airports. Especially the bag-carrying part.
Gene-Edited Muscle Dogs From China
'Its skull was improbably high-domed and its eyes, deep-set, were disturbingly uncanine.' - John Brunner, 1975.
Robotic Suitcase Follows You
'The machine would carry his bag in its soft plastic jaws and follow him as faithfully as a well-trained hound...'
Walmart Shopping Cart Robots Will Follow You
'...the machine would carry his bag in its soft plastic jaws...' - John Brunner, 1975.
Software Agents Fight Unseen On The Web
'...Worms and counter-worms loose on the data-net.' - John Brunner, 1975.
You Can't Lose The Travelmate Autonomous Suitcase - It Follows You
'...follow him as faithfully as a well-trained hound.' - John Brunner, 1975.
Talkspace Anonymous Therapy App
'Stonkered or clutched or quite simply going insane, someone reaches for the phone...' - John Brunner, 1975.
The Sheep Look Up In Beijing
'The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed...' - John Brunner, 1972.
Piaggio Gita Personal Robot Porter
'Carry his bag... and follow him faithfully...' John Brunner, 1975.
Prynt Pocket Prints AR Pix Right In Your Hand
A printer for the palm of your hand.
We Could Downgrade Puerto Rico - And Thereby Save It
'It was cheaper to pay the refugees to go without up-to-the-minute equipment.' - John Brunner, 1976.
No Steering Wheel Autonomous Car
Multi-View Surveillance Display
Vehicle Sleep Sensor
Oxygen Space Flare
Asteroid From Outside Solar System