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"There's a poetry in the materials we use to construct our world of artifacts; it speaks of our long history as a technological species."
- William Gibson

Simulogs (Simulated Playmates)  
  Computer-generated playmates.  

As with everything else, the helpful computer systems of the story even helped children practice their social interactions with digital playmates.

Their playmates were not “real,” but they were a lot realer than, say, a Betsy-Wetsy doll. They were analogues, simulacra; the children, when pressed, called them “simulogs.” The little girl said proudly that they were very good at developing interpersonal relationships.
From The Age of The Pussyfoot, by John Brunner.
Published by Ballantine in 1966
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