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"I received a nice letter the other day from the Dalai Lama. He had read 'The Nine Billion Names of God'. It is about a computer at a Tibetan monastery."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Biosoft  
  A biography that includes actual life experience from the subject; a biographical download.  

This piece of technovelgy is the ultimate in mixed media. Not only do you have the usual items, text reports and photographs along with video recordings of the subject, but actual life experience of the person. In order to experience a biosoft, you need to "jack" it directly into your brain (the expression derives from "phone jack", the connector that you used to plug your phone line into before you got your cell phone.)

Turner put the gun down on the nearest table and took the thing from Conroy. It was like a swollen gray microsoft. One end routine neurojack, the other a strange, rounded formation unlike anything he'd seen. "What is it?"

"It's biosoft. Jaylene jacked it and said she thought it was output from an Al. It's sort of a dossier on Mitchell, with a message to Hosaka tacked on the end. You better jack it yourself; you wanna get the picture fast . .

It came on, again, gradually, a flickering, nonlinear flood of fact and sensory data, a kind of narrative conveyed in surreal jump cuts and juxtapositions. It was vaguely like riding a roller coaster that phased in and out of existence at random, impossibly rapid intervals, changing altitude, attack, and direction with each pulse of nothingness, except that the shifts had nothing to do with any physical orientation, but rather with lightning alternations in paradigm and symbol system. The data had never been intended for human input.

From Count Zero, by William Gibson.
Published by Arbor House in 1986
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A biosoft is apparently not arranged in an ordered sequence; but neither is your life. One of the characteristics of people who request detailed biographies of others (particularly in a business context) is that they are looking for control and want to experience everything being in their control. This bewildering fountain of experience might be too chaotic for such individuals, but if you really want the flavor of the person, you may need to relinquish control.

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