It happened sooner than even the doomsayers predicted. The era of artificial intelligence is here. A computer has become self-aware, a moral agent responsible for its own actions.
This breakthrough didn't happen in
Clinton's critics say a lot of things about her, but who would've believed she was Skynet's mother?
A little background. Clinton was forced to turn over her "home-brewed" email server to the FBI this week, along with a flash drive unlawfully stored at her lawyer's office. The server and the drive are tangible evidence of Clinton's decision to circumvent laws and procedures designed to preserve government records and keep classified information secret. She says she never knowingly sent classified information, but Clinton leaves out that the whole reason federal officials are barred from using private servers is that such systems are invisible to the classification process.
The Clinton team claims it handed over the server voluntarily -- a classic example of Clinton's penchant for half-truths. For months, they insisted they'd never turn it over. They caved because they had to. The decision was about as voluntary as a bank robber relinquishing his sack of cash to the cops at gunpoint.
Revealingly, many media reports say "the campaign" handed over the server. But the campaign wasn't in charge of the server -- if it was, that'd be a whole other scandal. It was Clinton's server, full stop. To say otherwise is to protect Clinton, the author of a book called "Hard Choices," from her own hard choices.
Which brings us to that evil server.
The first rule of Clintonism is that someone else is always to blame. That's why the first iteration of Clinton's defense was that evil Republicans were simply smearing her. When that didn't stick, Team Clinton expanded the indictment to include the partisan witch hunt by that famously right-wing organ the
The reason the intelligence community's IG referred the case to the
An investigation into a random sample of just 40 emails from a batch of more than 30,000 revealed that four contained classified information and at least two were "top secret."
So now that the FBI and the
The amazing thing is that this spin isn't coming directly from the campaign but from the reporters covering it.
Clinton, in violation of
Hopefully the server will one day be able to testify on its own behalf: "I was just following orders."
In fairness to the press, even the FBI is publicly toeing this line, saying that the investigation isn't into Clinton. But on background, federal officials sing a different tune. "It's definitely a criminal probe," a government source told the
I've talked to several lawyers who assure me that the FBI doesn't conduct criminal probes into anthropomorphized IT equipment. The bureau does investigate criminal abuses of them -- by people.