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Toby Kins was the only occupant in the vehicle immediately before and after the attack.Saliva samples
on the blue cooler bag, the sandwich container, and the upholstery of the vehicle were genetically matched to Mr. Kins.As the defendant was unwilling to take a plea and completely unrepentant of his actions, Mr. Toby Kins was remanded
to HiltonHouse Private Facility for a term no shorter than that of his natural life.
So, what's the deal with Pres. Obama only speaking in public using the aid of a teleprompter? The pundits
always made fun of Pres. Bush's speaking style, at least he had the cajones to speak extemporaneously.
If you've read very much sci fi at all, you will have come across many references of Mankind's
technology becoming his downfall.
A common theme is that the cybernetic system becomes self-aware, then starts
making its own decisions. From there, humans tend to start getting their butts kicked.
Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics were written to prevent harm coming to people, and in this fictional universe the robots never became
self-aware. However, witness Cyberdyne systems from the Terminator movies. In less than a month of coming online, Cyberdyne's Skynet
system decided to disregard its human masters and started running amuck. Then, of course, there are the Borg of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame. The Replicators from the Stargate SG1 series are on a similar mission of mayhem.
I bring all this up because of some news stories (1, 2) of a new cybot system called Ubiquitous Network Transient Autonomous Mission Entities, or UNTAME. The UNTAME system was created to protect
U.S. government computer systems. The team leader of this project himself likes to compare the system to the Borg.
As an avid reader and watcher of all things sci fi, the hairs on my neck literally
stood up when I read about UNTAME.