Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
(sorted by Publication Date)

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Date Device Name (Novel Author)
2010 Metallic Display Scroll (from Freedom by Daniel Suarez)
2010 Barker - hacking medical implants (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
2010 Humeld - more than human (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
2010 Power Stilts - lift your house (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
2010 Nutrient Extractor and Maximizer (NEM) - get more out of food (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
2010 Office Hand (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
2010 Disabler (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
2010 Necap (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
2010 Rocket Pine (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
2010 Aeromuse Pillow (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
2010 Alien Trojan (from Out of the Dark by David Webber)
2010 Darknet Farm - augmented farm reality (from Freedom by Daniel Suarez)
2010 Angel Teeth (from Freedom by Daniel Suarez)
2011 Onionskin Transparent Jeans (from Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart)
2011 DNA Publishing (from Spiral by Paul McEuen)
2011 Virtual Punishment (from Complete Sentence by Joe Haldeman)
2012 Parent Drone (from Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez)
2012 DNA Music Storage (from Year Zero by Rob Reid)
2014 Timeout (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
2014 Oxygen Fountain (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
2014 Skintight (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
2014 Nubot (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
2014 Norm-All Program (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
2014 EYE Program (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
2014 Freedom ID (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
2014 Cosmoline (Warm Sleep) (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
2014 Replaced Worker Benefits (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
2014 Puff (Puff Balls) (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
2015 Centipede (from Killing Titan by Greg Bear)
2015 Face Recognition Sunglasses (from The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi)
2015 Clearsac (from The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi)
2015 Cranial Amplified Programming CAP (from Killing Titan by Greg Bear)

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Walmart Shopping Cart Robots Will Follow You
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(6/17/2016)

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re: David Brin
(6/16/2016)

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City Made Of Bone
re: Larry Niven
(6/14/2016)

SpotMini Robot Pierson's Puppeteer-Style
re: Larry Niven
(6/13/2016)

Brick By Brick, Building Martian Bases
re: John W. Campbell
(6/13/2016)

Elon Musk et. al. OpenAI Household Robot
re: Robert Heinlein
(6/12/2016)

BRUISE Smart Injury Detection Suit
re: Orson Scott Card
(6/11/2016)

Tesla Model S Is Also A Boat (Sort Of)
re: Robert Heinlein
(6/10/2016)

Promobot, The Runaway Russian Robot!
re: Michael Crichton
(6/9/2016)

Rowbot Small Autonomous Farm Robot
re: Larry Niven
(6/8/2016)

Amazon's Alexa To Recognize Emotions
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(6/7/2016)

Cool 'Single-Person Spaceships' Have Better SF Name
re: Larry Niven
(6/6/2016)

First Robot Suicide Has Science Fiction Roots
re: Eando Binder
(6/5/2016)

First US Clinical Trial For Wearable Artificial Kidney
re: Philip K. Dick
(6/4/2016)

Open Bionics To Produce Deus Ex Prosthetic Designs
re: Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal
(6/3/2016)

Human-Carrying Drone Taxi 184 Approved For Test Flights
re: James Blish
(6/2/2016)

Skating On Mars' Frozen Pools
re: Robert Heinlein
(6/1/2016)

Google Working On A 'Cutoff Switch' For AI
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(5/29/2016)

Vi Artificially Intelligent Personal Trainer
re: Manga Clamp
(5/28/2016)

Bigelow To Offer Inflatable Lunar Bases
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(5/27/2016)

Space Station Room Inflated! (Time-Lapse Video)
re: Raymond Z. Gallun
(5/26/2016)

Jeff Bezos Wants Orbiting Factories (Clarke-style)
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(5/25/2016)

Autonomous Cars: The Year Of Driving Dangerously
re: Daniel Suarez
(5/24/2016)

Kuka Robots Mastering Tennis Now
re: Frederik Pohl
(5/23/2016)

Skingun Now More Advanced, Apparently
re: Philip K. Dick
(5/22/2016)

Railguns For Surface Ships
re: John W. Campbell
(5/21/2016)

Six Amazing Surgical Robots In One Video
re: Raymond Z. Gallun
(5/20/2016)

Ignition Interlock Devices Stopped 1.7 Million Drunken Tries
re: Philip K. Dick
(5/19/2016)

Man Filmed Sleeping In Tesla On Autopilot
re: Robert Heinlein
(5/18/2016)

Otto Self-Driving Truck Kits
re: Poul Anderson
(5/17/2016)

Humans Help Robots Identify Recyclables
re: Harry Harrison
(5/15/2016)

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