Idoru by William Gibson:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

The decadent 21st century seen in Neuromancer is again the main character in this cyber thriller. The novel takes place mostly in a future Tokyo, where various plots (some amusing) unfold, including a search by a 14 year old groupie who tries to determine if the lead singer in her favorite band is really going to marry an artificial celebrity - an idoru. Select an invention:

Computer Translator - computer translator and GPS

Control-Face - an LCD remote control

Cybernetic Water Witch -

Eyephone(s) - big screen in a small package

Headset - wireless ear-clips

Hotdesk - the cubicle is the computer

Idoru - a software-generated personality

Kitchen Korner - smarty fridge

Micro-Bachelor - downscale apartment

Nanotech Buildings - built with fibers

Sandbenders - a gem of a computer

Synthespian - a computer-generated actor

Video Unit - big bro

Virtual Meeting - grandson of the web conference

Wearable White-Noise Generator - urban isolation gear

 

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