"I was involved in a cloning project. .. to send me into outer space along with a lot of other people. Not the whole me - just a hair from my head, while I still had some. I would thus pop up in another galaxy in the distant future."
In the novel, the computer called Mike takes the part of the leader in a lunar revolution - Adam Selene. As a computer, Mike can handle innumerable phone calls about the revolution without danger to the human participants. Eventually, it becomes necessary for Mike to show himself.
As far as I know, this is the first reference to the idea of a computer-generated person that presents a fully animated picture of a human being.
Compare to the personality simulator from True Names (1981) by Vernor Vinge, the Composite Expert System from Twenty Evocations (1984) by Bruce Sterling,
Idoru from Idoru (1996) by William Gibson, and
synthespian from Nestor Sextone for President (1988) by Jeff Kleiser.
Compare to the personality simulator from True Names (1981) by Vernor Vinge, the Composite Expert System from Twenty Evocations (1984) by Bruce Sterling, Idoru from Idoru (1996) by William Gibson, and synthespian from Nestor Sextone for President (1988) by Jeff Kleiser.
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