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"In science fiction one can say a great many things that are unpalatable, because it's expressed as science fiction you can slip it past their defenses."
- Frederik Pohl

Construct (Digital)  
  A stored version of a person's particular skills and personal approaches to problems.  

One of the greatest hackers in the novel Neuromancer is a man named McCoy Pauley, also known at the Dixie Flatline. Unfortunately, Pauley was dead at the time of the novel; his skills were available in the form of a construct, an artificial intelligence in the shape of this man's skills.

Molly had gone back to the loft hours ago, the Flatline's construct in her green bag, and Case had been drinking steadily ever since. It was disturbing to think of the Flatline as a construct, a hardwired ROM cassette replicating a dead man's skills, obsessions, knee-jerk responses.
Technovelgy from Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
Published by Phantasia Press in 1984
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Pauley got his name by his remarkable capacity to persevere despite counter intrusion programs that could actually cause seizures and death. He flatlined on his EEG, and showed Case (the protagonist of the novel) the tapes. "Boy, I was daid."

For an elaborated (and very elegant) version of something very similar, see recorded personality, from Gibson's Mona Lisa Overdrive. See also the personality simulator from The Dosadi Experiment (1977) by Frank Herbert, the personality-construct from Killing Gramps (1988) by Ann K. Schwader and the Neuro-netsukes from Rim (1994) by Alexander Besher.

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