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[sahy-ber-puhngk] /ˈsaɪ bərˌpʌŋk/
science fiction featuring extensive human interaction with supercomputers and a punk ambiance.
Slang. a computer hacker.
Origin of cyberpunk
1985-90; cyber(netic) + punk2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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a genre of science fiction that features rebellious computer hackers and is set in a dystopian society integrated by computer networks
a writer of cyberpunk
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  1. A kind of science fiction, mode of discourse, set of attitudes, etc, that combines scientific interests, esp computers, with the punk ethos: The book was pieced togather from cybernetics and punk. Within this odd pairing lurks the essence of cyberpunk/ Cyberpunk caters to the wish-fulfillment requirements of male teenagers (mid-1980s+)
  2. A person who admires computers, esp one who uses them recreationally (late 1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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cyberpunk in Technology

/si:'ber-puhnk/ (Originally coined by SF writer Bruce Bethke and/or editor Gardner Dozois) A subgenre of SF launched in 1982 by William Gibson's epoch-making novel "Neuromancer" (though its roots go back through Vernor Vinge's "True Names" to John Brunner's 1975 novel "The Shockwave Rider"). Gibson's near-total ignorance of computers and the present-day hacker culture enabled him to speculate about the role of computers and hackers in the future in ways hackers have since found both irritatingly na"ive and tremendously stimulating. Gibson's work was widely imitated, in particular by the short-lived but innovative "Max Headroom" TV series. See cyberspace, ice, jack in, go flatline.
Since 1990 or so, popular culture has included a movement or fashion trend that calls itself "cyberpunk", associated especially with the rave/techno subculture. Hackers have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, self-described cyberpunks too often seem to be shallow trendoids in black leather who have substituted enthusiastic blathering about technology for actually learning and *doing* it. Attitude is no substitute for competence. On the other hand, at least cyberpunks are excited about the right things and properly respectful of hacking talent in those who have it. The general consensus is to tolerate them politely in hopes that they'll attract people who grow into being true hackers.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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