In Death and the Powers, a new opera by MIT Media Lab professor Tod Machover, the main character wishes to leave the physical world, but remain there digitally. He downloads himself into something the opera calls The System and continues to interact with the audience and other characters through robots as well as through a technique the author calls disembodied performance.

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