May 4, 2013 — The myth of the “free press” and so-called Fourth Estate is quickly leaving; disappearing into a cloud of software. In its place is a new way of generating “the news” which Americans depend on for their decision-making. I hate to report this development, but real humans with first-hand knowledge of events they’re reporting on are quickly becoming historical relics. In their place is a new class of news-writing software. Press release in one end, public opinion out the other. But before we detail such a depressing (and distinctly anti-human) developments (and how it impacts events those of us in the fledgling field of predictive linguistics) what we have for an appetizer this morning is scenic tour through this morning’s sorties and funfire, generated by humans aided increasingly by HAL 9000’s offspring.