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"I believe in limited government, and the 20th century has been the century of government. The data is uniform. The government has failed at every single task it has set out to do, with the exception of waging war."
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Junkbot  
  An automated email program that specializes in sending junk mail (spam)  

I'm not sure if Sterling originated the term "junkbot" for an automated spamming program, but the label fits.

"It's pathetic that's spam from a junk mailbot. I've seen some junkbots that are pretty sophisticated, they can generate a halfway decent ad spiel. But that stuff is pure chain-mail ware. It can't even punctuate!"
Technovelgy from Distraction, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Bantam Spectra in 1998
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Note that whether the spam is sophisticated or not, it's still spam.

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