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Secretary software agents, or simply secretaries, The term refers to an avatar or Personal Assistant (PA). This software app, often running on a PAD, serves as an electronic secretary, keeping track of appointments, remembering key bits of information, and interfacing with the virtual world. Among other things, it is capable of answering vid calls, displaying a lifelike image of the owner, either to recite a short message (which can be tailored, by name, to different individuals) or to interact with a caller for fairly simple conversations. Many can pass the Turing test, at least for simple topics. By law, it must identify itself as an AI. A "Secretary" can also be used for any weak AI construct, although such use is technically inaccurate and can be confusing.

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