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"...in fifty years, do you believe that people will be recognizably human?"
- Greg Bear

Mook  
  Computer-based proxy that deals with communication.  

He flicked on Eddy’s mediator, to boot the wallscreen. Before he could try anything with the cablebox, his mother’s mook pounced upon the screen. On Eddy’s giant wallscreen, the mook’s waxy, computer-generated face looked like a plump satin pillowcase. Its bowtie was as big as a racing shoe.
Technovelgy from Bicycle Repairman, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Intersections in 1997
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He flicked on Eddy’s mediator, to boot the wallscreen. Before he could try anything with the cable-box, his mother’s mook pounced upon the screen. On Eddy’s giant wallscreen, the mook’s waxy computer-generated face looked like a plump satin pillowcase. Its bow tie was as big as a racing shoe.

“Please hold for an incoming vidcall from Andrea Schweik of Carnac Instruments,” the mook uttered unctuously.

Lyle cordially despised all lowdown phonetagging artificially intelli- gent mooks. For a while, in his teenage years, Lyle himself had owned a mook, an off-the-shelf shareware job that he’d installed in the condo’s phone. Like most mooks, Lyle’s mook had one primary role: dealing with unsolicited phone calls from other people’s mooks. In Lyle’s case these were the creepy mooks of career counselors, school psychiatrists, truancy cops, and other official hindrances. When Lyle’s mook launched and ran, it appeared online as a sly warty dwarf that drooled green ichor and talked in a basso grumble.

But Lyle hadn’t given his mook the properly meticulous care-and-de- bugging that such fragile little constructs demanded, and eventually his cheap mook had collapsed into artificial insanity.

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