Back in 1984, when writer and director James Cameron released his groundbreaking sci-fi thriller “The Terminator” in cinemas around the world, the film was praised for (among other things) its rich and thought-provoking themes in science fiction. But now Cameron himself acknowledges that a takeover by the Machines is a real significant risk today, especially to the world’s economy.
James Cameron recently discussed the issue with Yahoo Finance and this is what he had to say:
JAMES CAMERON: “I think it’s a much more valid threat than it was when Terminator was made in 1984. Now we’re facing job displacement due to automation.”
A lack of jobs is a top concern in today’s world, where some leaders suggest it is due to unfavorable labor market conditions on globalization and immigration. But James Cameron actually suggests that the Machines are truly our problem, and robotic automation is to blame for displacing workers across the globe.
JAMES CAMERON: “Everyone’s always talking about ‘those damn foreigners taking our jobs. Guess what guys, it’s not foreigners, it’s robots.”
But Machines just taking our jobs shouldn’t be our biggest fear. James Cameron says the rise of artificial intelligence will be “a significant threat” to our future.
JAMES CAMERON: “If we make a machine that is smarter than us, and we give it some power in our world, we are playing with fire.”
A need for a Human Resistance that fights the rise of the Machines has always been a work of fiction. Lets hope it stays that way.
We’ll be back.