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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

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!"
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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