Dictionary of Virtual Person Terms in Science Fiction
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Author (Publication Date)

Adam Selene
A computer generates a human avatar for itself.

Robert Heinlein (1966)
Construct (Pseudo-Relationship)
An artificial intelligence person, serving as a companion for a human person not capable of forming real relationships.

Ray Naylor (2022)
A virtual world in which a person could raise a virtual baby with full haptic realism.

Stephen Baxter (2008)
Idoru - a software-generated personality
A virtual person like a video game character; an entity given specific characteristics, existing only in computer networks.

William Gibson (1996)
Personality Simulator (Virtual Person)
A computer program that presents the appearance of being a person.

Vernor Vinge (1981)
Synthespian - a computer-generated actor
A synthetic media personality.

William Gibson (1996)

Related Science Fiction in the News

Anna Indiana AI Singer-Songwriter
'She is a personality-construct, a congeries of software agents' - William Gibson, 1984
(re: William Gibson, 11/19/2023 )
Metaverse Hardware - Run And Flail Like A Maniac, Or Lie Quietly?
'Holodeck 4 was waiting to be programmed...' - David Gerrold, 1987.
(re: David Gerrold, 9/5/2022 )
Virtual Co-Embodyment - Two People Control One Virtual Body
'...we were supposed to be forming five unit composites first.' - Robert Sheckley, 1995.
(re: Robert Sheckley, 7/29/2022 )
Sorry, Futurists! Tamagotchi Kids, Virtual Children Already Predicted By SF Writer in 2008
'Little Linda, a Headspace baby, was four years old now... ' - Stephen Baxter, 2008.
(re: Stephen Baxter, 5/25/2022 )
Man's Marriage To Hologram Ruined By Software Glitch
Till 'NETWORK ERROR' do us part.
(re: William Gibson, 5/15/2022 )
Wearable Synthetic Skin for Virtual Reality
'... feel her when her avatar hugged her.' - Stephen Baxter, 2008.
(re: Stephen Baxter, 1/11/2022 )
Parents Use AI To See One Last Message From Their Deceased Son
'...what's to keep me from showing face, Man?'
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/4/2020 )
Feel Virtual Reality In Mid-Air!
'...a pressure on the lips - warm and soft, moist and sweet.' - Frederick Pohl, 1965.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 7/7/2020 )
Via Virtual Reality, Mother Encounters Deceased Daughter
'But that barrier was going to melt away someday soon. The transhumanists had promised...' - Stephen Baxter, 2008.
(re: Stephen Baxter, 2/1/2020 )
BabyX AI Real Enough For You
'...what's to keep me from showing face, Man? I'm showing a voice this instant... I can show a face the same way.' - Robert Heinlein, 1966.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 10/17/2017 )
Someday, You Might Like VR Enough To Move In
'That barrier was going to melt away someday soon. The transhumanists had promised...' - Stephen Baxter, 2008.
(re: Stephen Baxter, 3/29/2017 )
Gatebox Virtual Girlfriend Perfect For Budding Salaryman
'She is ... a congeries of software agents.' - William Gibson, 1996.
(re: William Gibson, 12/11/2016 )
Sophie, Your Virtual Assistant
'What would you do, right now, if you were me? ...The joymaker answered without hesitation.' - Frederik Pohl, 1966.
(re: Frederik Pohl, 7/19/2016 )
Hacker Creates Augmented Reality Anime Girlfriend
'She is Tei Toei. She is ... a congeries of software agents.'
(re: Robert Heinlein, 7/10/2012 )
Is Aimi Eguchi Real or Virtual? Updated!
Japanese audiences are puzzled; is she an idoru?
(re: William Gibson, 6/17/2011 )
Denise, Your Virtual Assistant
Remarkable software gives you access to the virtual person you've been looking For.
(re: Robert Heinlein, 4/25/2011 )
Love Plus Dating Sim Requires Kissing
Dating in the virtual world of Love Plus; would you have a relationship with a virtual person?
(re: William Gibson, 10/31/2009 )
'E' Digital Essence Of Evil Like SID 6.7
Researchers create pure evil in the laboratory; 'E' uses both definitions of evil and case studies of evil persons.
(re: Eric Bernt, 11/4/2008 )
Beautification Engine Digital Facial
This goes way beyond photoshopping away a few wrinkles; and yet, sf authors have led the way on this idea.
(re: Bruce Sterling, 10/9/2008 )
Webkare - Virtual Boyfriends
Are men or women more likely to become interested in a virtual friend/lover? Japanese schoolgirls are voting with their fingers on this one.
(re: William Gibson, 9/26/2008 )
Emily Lifelike Animation Sets New Standard
This new technique presents a character that may have made its way successfully across the 'uncanny valley.' Are synthespians far behind?
(re: William Gibson, 8/19/2008 )
Virtual Girlfriends Updated
Tomb Raider Lara Croft and V-Girl Vivienne, much loved personality-constructs, have both been updated this past week.
(re: William Gibson, 7/25/2005 )
Vocaloid Voice - Soul Singing Synthesis
Are you tired of listening to poor quality voice synthesis? Had enough of those monotone recitations of email? Wondering what to do with all those song lyric sites strewn across the Internet? You're in for a treat.
(re: Bernard Brown, 11/25/2003 )






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