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"I long ago realized that I could reach far more people by writing something, than by walking down the street with a banner."
- John Brunner

Idoru  
  A virtual person like a video game character; an entity given specific characteristics, existing only in computer networks.  

Idoru is a wonderful novel; I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, because the book is well worth reading. But the idea is one that we will certainly see more of.

"What did Blackwell mean, last night, about Rez wanting to marry a Japanese girl who isn't real?"

"Idoru," Yamazaki said. "'Idol-singer'. She is Tei Toei. She is a personality-construct, a congeries of software agents, the creation of information-designers. She is akin to what I believe they call a 'synthespian', in Hollywood."

From Idoru, by William Gibson.
Published by Putnam in 1996
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Tei Toei is fictional character modeled on a "real" computer generated person named Kyoko Date. Kyoko Date was created by Visual Science Laboratory (VSL) of Japan in 1996, a computer graphics software company that worked on video games like Xtreme Beach Volleyball. See Kyoto Date for more information about her.

In America, Lara Croft (of Tomb Raider video game fame) is our own personality-construct. She has, of course, inspired a live action movie series, starring Angelina Jolie as the idoru. See the entry for synthespian for more information.

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