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Gogols are first defined by Rajaniemi as: a dead soul, the uploaded mind of a human being, enslaved to carry out tasks, anathema to anyone from the Oubliette.

Rajaniemi, Hannu (2011-05-10). The Quantum Thief (Kindle Locations 565-566). Macmillan. Kindle Edition.

Copies of human minds converted into software, often enslaved and used to process complex equations or to perform various other tasks.

Origin of this is likely the name of a Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol, and his novel "Dead Souls"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Souls

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