Read a couple stories this morning via Slashdot, and on the surface, they don’t seem related.
First, there was the tale of Microsoft’s robotics software, and Bill Gates’s assessment that robots would one day be as ubiquitous as personal computers.
Next, I moved on to Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff’s defense of the Real ID Act, from which I gleaned this important paragraph:
Some have argued that the idea of creating more tamperproof IDs is only a marginally better way to screen out those intent on committing terrorist acts because ID cards don’t even begin to tackle a core crime prevention challenge: determining a person’s unspoken intentions.
I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to put the two together– solution to “determining a person’s unspoken intentions”? That’s right: psychic mind-probe robots running Windows Vista Enterprise Edition.