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Neuromancer | Glossary


cryogenic: Cryogenic refers to the lowering of body temperatures to put people into a kind of suspended animation. The Tessier-Ashpool clan use cryogenic technology to extend their lifespans and maintain their authority.

cyberspace: Gibson invented the term cyberspace in his 1982 story "Burning Chrome." This is a realm of virtual reality through which users experience data visually, in graphic representations drawn from video games.

deck: Hackers use decks to access cyberspace. These decks are very similar to modern PCs but include neural implants, allowing users to link their nervous systems directly to cyberspace.

flatline: To flatline is to die (at least temporarily). The term comes from the fact that a brain generates brainwaves when alive but these waves go flat when someone dies.

jack: Cyber cowboys jack into their decks, giving them direct neural access to cyberspace.

ice: Ice comes from ICE, which stands for "intrusion countermeasures electronics." In this novel, people use ice to protect information assets.

matrix: Another term for cyberspace, the matrix is an artificial/imaginary space where people can access visual information directly.

simstim: Simstim refers to the simulation of stimulation. People use this technology to sense what others (equipped with this technology) sense.

Turing police: Alan Turing was one of the inventors of the computer and invented the famous "Turing Test," which is used to determine whether a computer is intelligent. The Turing police monitor AIs to make sure they don't become too intelligent and surpass human intellect, becoming dangerous.

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