"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is."
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 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 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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