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"The whole problem of energy sources is going to be solved by little solutions, not by some big new piece of technology that does everything. We got into this crisis by believing that we had one big piece of technology that would do everything (oil)."
- Gregory Benford

Neuro-netsukes  
  A small sculpture containing the personality of a living person.  

This item is very similar to a construct, taken from the work of William Gibson. What I liked about this image is that it takes a traditional Japanese miniature artform and combines it with a miniaturized technology.

"A number of cowardly keiretsu lords could attest to this fact - if only they were able to speak, that is. He had amassed quite a collection of their extracted consciousnesses, utilizing the compression technique that the young master had so expertly developed for him.

Neuro-netsukes, that's what the old man jokingly called them. Brain bonsai! He had a dozen figurines on display inside a glass cabinet....

Each of his former enemies had been transformed into a singularly unique work of art.

From Rim, by Alexander Besher.
Published by HarperPaperbacks in 1994
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A netsuke is a small ivory carving. There were no pockets in Japanese clothing 300 years ago. Women carried small items tucked into their sleeves within the wide obi, a sash around their waists. Men tied a small bag to a cord and pulled the cord up under the obi where it would be kept from slipping by a Netsuke made of stone, gourd or root. The word "netsuke" comes from two words meaning "root" and "fastener."

Netsuke evolved into a collectible form of miniature sculpture; netsukes are often carved in the form of animals and heroes.

Compare to the construct from Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson.

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