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Source: Idoru, Page: 92

"Idol-singer?. She is Rei Toei. She is a personality-construct, a congeries of software agents, the creation of information-designers. She is akin to what I believe they call a 'synthespian' in Hollywood."

Laney closed his eyes, opened them. "Then how can he marry her?"

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As we march ever closer to the creation of artificial actors, synthetic performers, and self-aware AI of any kind, the question hangs in the air: "What rights do they have?"

If they are truly as sentient as humans - and there is no reason to believe that this will not eventually be the case - do we give them rights as sentient minds, including the right to choose, the right to hold citizenship, marry, and all the rest, or do we deny them rights, "basic human rights", because they are not human, and never were?

This is an issue that is already hotly debated, and shown in all manner of media from 'Bicentennial Man', to 'Eve No Jikan'. Some of the Animatrix films, notably 'The Second Renaissance' touch upon this. What if, by denying rights to such creatures, we ultimately bring about a 'slave revolt' of artificial beings? That is not too dissimilar to what happens in Idoru of course: The difference is simply one of scale.

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About the Book 'Idoru'
By William Gibson
Produced By Penguin Group

Idoru is a strange novel in many ways. It is a William Gibson cyberpunk novel, set in the dark days of the near future, written by one of the masters of the genre. The book itself is dedicated to a concept that is not quite with us yet, but may well be here in the near future ? cyberpunk apes reality.

Teenager Chia McKenzie loves Rez, one half of a duo band called Lo/Rez. Unfazed that Rez is the same generation as her mother, she lives in the digital world of her sandbenders. Age, gender, history, none of this really matters in the cyber world. Only ability matters.
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