"I'm sympathetic to the idea of avatars functioning as helpers in the real world. I don't see them as omniscient AIs anytime soon, but I can see the idea taking off alongside augmented reality schemes and different forms of automation. A virtual me, for example, could "hold down the fort" online while I'm away. It's a schizophrenic notion - and perhaps only that - but I don't think it's crazy or unfounded."
- Mac Tonnies, from a comment on a 2008 PHB post
"Manga Mac", dated 8/19/08.