Cyberpunk Timeline

  • First use of the word "robot" by Karel Čapek in his science fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

  • Early use of the word 'Punk' to signify a criminal

  • Isaac Asimov, introduces the "Three Laws of Robotics" in his short story "Runaround"

  • The word 'Cybernetics' coined by Norbert Wiener

  • The heart pacemaker, the first implanted mechanical body enhancement, is introduced. Debatedly, this event marks the beginning of the post-human era

  • The word 'Cyborg' coined by Manfred Clynes

  • The first space station, the Soviet Salyut 1, is constructed and put into operative use

  • The Ramones release first album; punk begins

  • The short story "Cyberpunk" by Bruce Bethke published in Amazing Science Fiction Stories; this is, allegedly, the first use of the term anywhere (Nov.)

  • The first successfully cloned mammal; Soviet scientists Chaylakhyan, Veprencev, Sviridova, Nikitin had mice "Masha" cloned

  • The debut of the World Wide Web (WWW) as a publicly available service on the internet

  • Cyberpunk manifesto was published by Christian As Kinclev in February

  • The Cyberpunk project and Cyberpunk information database opened in November

  • Earth's computer systems do not crash. The world does not end.

    "I Love You" virus wrecks havoc on the world's computers (May 4)
  • Little Nicky, was the first cat cloned for commercial reasons

  • A electrode cap that lets users type messages on a screen using thought alone and a brain implant that enabled a paralysed man to check his email and control a robotic arm were both demonstrated in 2006