Key moments in the history of cyberpunk

  • Alan Turing

    Alan Turing
    Mathematician Alan Turing invents the theory of digital computation, and devises an 'imitation game'- in which a computer is programmed to simulate human thought processes. Edwards, 1995
  • terminology of cyber punk

    Early 1980's 'expert systems', 'artificial intelligence', 'brilliant weapons' etc are now part of everyday vernaculars.
  • The creation of Tron

    The creation of Tron
    'Tron' the movie is released- "A hacker is literally abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program." IMDB,2012
  • The Terminator

    The Terminator
    A movie about a human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg who is sent from the future. IMDB,2012
  • cyberpunks sub-cultures

    Computer hacking, neural networks, virtual reality, robots and articulate descriptions of the human mind and 'self' as a kind of computer are now commonplace within cyber punk sub cultures. Edwards, 1995
  • Today and the future of cybperpunk

    Today and the future of cybperpunk
    The Matrix, The Terminator movies, Tron Legacy, Prometheus and Avatar are examples of movies defined by the cyberpunk discourse in todays world. Places such as Shibuya, Tokyo (pictured) and Berlin's Sony Centre are examples of cyberpunk architechture, as they are set in urbanized, artificial landscapes. Chaplin, 2007