+Jeff Jarvis proposes to call this thing “handy”.
As +Volker Weber puts it in his post: “Been there, done that, Germany.”
“Please switch your handys off” – I once used this pseudo-anglicism as a conference speaker in U.S. only to get a completely puzzled audience. 😉
Nevertheless I rather propose to name it:
“A personal assistant or personal aide (PA)”
This “thing” is named by the job it fulfills. Drop the digital as it takes over from the human representatives.
History repeats: Human Computer
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