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Source: Mona Lisa Overdrive, Page: 126

"You think that's her? That's a talking head."


"Like a puppet," a voice behind her said, and she swung around far enough to see a ruff of sandy hair and a loose white grin. "Puppet," and he held up his hand, wiggling thumb and fingers, "you know?"

She felt the bartender drop the exchange, moving off down the bar. The white grin widened. "So she doesn't have to do all that stuff herself, right?"

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The concept of a talking head is one recognised in current VR development. It appears as either a waldo that can be controlled remotely, or an AI controlled personality.

A talking head is exactly what it appears to be: a head, or the appearance of a head, and usually shoulders - to humanise it - that shows emotions, laughs, talks, entertains people or teaches, all whilst originating person does not have to.

They are very useful to use as a company representative in digital space - rather than use a human employee for each prospective customer, a talking head can do most of the sales pitch work. Also ideal for people who for whatever reason don't desire to - or cannot - show their physical form off, whilst interacting.

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About the Book 'Mona Lisa Overdrive'
By William Gibson
Produced By Spectra

Mona Lisa Overdrive, penned in 1988, is the third and final book of William Gibson?s Sprawl trilogy, and also, his third book. Following on the heels of Neuromancer and Count Zero, Overdrive is by far the most lightweight of the trio, basing more in reflected glory from the other books, than attempting to stand on its own.

Set in the same world as the other two, some twenty years after Count Zero, it has lost the feeling of fast-paced change, as both technologically and culturally it feels almost stagnant, unchanging.

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