You return from war, or maybe you're still fighting it. Either something in your psyche has gone dark or you're too dazed to tell. You are told to seek help and you agree. You don't feel guilty or embarrassed; the least the government can do for you is give you someone to talk to. You schedule an appointment or one is scheduled for you. You already feel lighter. The date approaches. The date arrives. You… turn on your webcam. Hmm, fine. You meet your doctor. Ok. Wait—no. Ellie is an avatar, a virtual therapist developed at USC with funding from DARPA, the Defense Department's advanced research center. And "people [...]
"'As protocol, he was handcuffed behind his back, double-locked and searched,' said Jonesboro Police Department Sgt. Lyle Waterworth in an interview with WREG-TV. Just minutes later, police said they heard a thumping noise, turned around and found Carter shot in the head. Waterworth said he thinks Chavis Carter pulled out a hidden gun and shot himself." —Did the policeman think that! What an impressive thing to think.