Fred is a real frog in a virtual world?
The 'real' Fred is probably in a comfy isolation chamber somewhere. He's a cyborg, an animal that is as connected as any bot. He has a comm chip between the hemispheres of his brain that allows him to access the higher thought processes, databases, and virtual worlds that he likes. The avatar we see in this virtual world is a simplified, and likely handsomified (?) image of the real Fred.
Likewise, the devices that I run in the physical world (my robots) look more like NotRadio than the cross cultural cute cartoon character seen here.