Professor Hutmacher pressed the commence button on his holographic lecture theatre control panel. This was his first lecture or at least first one where he was running it, at VUOT - Virtual University of Technology.
"Welcome class," he said to the three hundred holographic images forming in his office. "I hope you had a good semester break and are ready for a new year of university."
No response came from the students.
"Can you hear me okay?"
The control panel lit up, indicating to Hutmacher that the students could hear him. He pressed a sequence of buttons, then the sound of all the students voices thundered in his office. He quickly pressed another sequence of buttons until the sound lowered to an acceptable level.
"Sorry about that," Hutmacher said. "I am still getting used to this system. I think I have it sorted out now. Can you hear me clearly?"
The control panel lit up again, indicating there was still some major problem.
"Okay, one at a time," he said.
He selected a hologram at random and touched it gently.
"What seems to be the problem, Mary?"
"That is exactly the problem," the student replied. "Youíve selected Mary to answer, but somehow youíve downloaded my psyche into Maryís body. Iím Charlie Weinberg."
submitted at 5:58am
4 June 2009