I cannot have been the only child of the Clinton era to have stumbled on the porn site doing social-studies homework.
I remember furtively clicking on thumbnail after thumbnail in an “Interns of the Month” gallery, watching spray-tanned haunches and balloon-taut breasts of girls posed around Oval Office interiors materialize, bit by it.
But it wasn't in common usage, and it wasn't until around 1980 that the word "cyberpunk popped up." By the end of the 80s it was a huge sci-fi counterculture, trading in utopian futures for gritty depictions of humans and computers colliding.
And our smart cars were cybercars, and our smart thermostats were cybertherms?
If those pieces of technology had existed in the early 1990s, they probably would've had very different names, as the "cyber" decade saw the once-futuristic prefix attached to just about everything.
io9 published a great history of the word "cyber" on Monday that traces its history from its earliest incarnation in the 1940s to its modern-day usage, which is almost exclusively cyberwar.
Today no one refers to the Internet as cyberspace unless they're making a deliberate throwback to the sci-fi of the 1980s.