Freddy, a.k.a. Fredricka Velasquez

How did a computer get a last name? Easy--it took the name of its designer, Allie Velasquez, who gave it a sexy female voice and named it Fredricka.

Is it legal for Fredricka Velasquez to place calls and make discreet inquiries of people, even if 'she' is an 'it', i.e., a Neural Emulation Technology computer? Beats me. But this one does.

I could try to describe Freddy's software and hardware--massive parallel processing, artificial neural networks and nerd-talk like that--but Rumford's question gets to the nub: "Is the gizmo any good?" My answer: yes.

Except for her jokes. With humor, she's hopeless.

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