Quote from AITCH-SKI;38585
"Within the last 5 years or so, the Detroit underground has been experimenting with technology, stretching it rather than simply using it. As the price of sequencers and synthesizers has dropped, so the experimentation has become more intense. Basically, we're tired of hearing about being in love or falling out, tired of the R&B system, so a new progressive sound has emerged. We call it techno!"
Juan Atkins, 1988
Precisely. The key phrase there is "Within the last 5 years or so" which means he's talking about as far back as '83. I think he even coined the term 'techno' to describe the music of Cybertron.