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"The permanent government now is the anchorpeople. They don't get elected, and year after year they're responding emotionally to this or that."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Alternate Computer Personality  
  A computer system that can take on complete, alternate personalities.  

Woke up later and came fully awake when I realized was hearing two fem voices, one Wyoh's warm contralto, other a sweet, high soprano with French accent. Wyoh chuckled at something and answered, "All right, Michelle dear, I'll call you soon. 'Night, darling."

"Fine. Goodnight, dear."

Wyoh stood up, turned around. "Who's your girlfriend?" I asked. Thought she knew no one in Luna City. Might have phoned Hong Kong... had sleep-logged feeling was some reason she shouldn't phone.

"That? Why, Mike, of course. We didn't mean to wake you."

"What?

"Oh. It was actually Michelle. I discussed it with Mike, what sex he was, I mean. He decided that he could be either one. So now she's Michelle and that was her voice. Got it right the first time, too; her voice never cracked once."

"Of course not; just shifted voder a couple of octaves. What are you trying to do: split his personality?"

"It's not just pitch; when she's Michelle it's an entire change in manner and attitude. Don't worry about splitting her personality; she has plenty for any personality she needs..."

From The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by GP Putnam in 1966
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See the articles for Adam Selene and Mike, a.k.a. Mycroft Holmes, the High-Optional, Logical, Multi-evaluating Supervisor, Mark IV, Mod. L computer.

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