In the 2009 film “Terminator Salvation”, audiences were introduced to a post-apocalyptic world where automated motorcycles called Moto-Terminators ruled the highways. Created and manufactured by Skynet sometime before 2018, their main function was to hunt and destroy human survivors that were still using the roads once created by civilized society. It was an interesting addition to the Terminator science fiction universe, that suddenly doesn’t feel very fictional anymore, due to Yamaha’s new project: The Motobot.
Yes Terminator fans, the world that James Cameron warned us about took one step closer to becoming non-fiction recently when it was announced that robots could soon be 15 times stronger than humans thanks to a newly developed artificial muscle.
The future that James Cameron imagined in 1984’s ground-breaking film “The Terminator” took another small step to becoming a reality recently, when scientists created actual self-healing flesh for robots.
When “The Terminator” was released in movie theaters across the world in October of 1984, audiences were thrilled to be able to see through the eyes of the T-800 Model 101. And featured on the Terminator’s sinister red HUD (Heads Up Display), there was mysterious computer code that would often be sprawled against the screen. Some fans wanted to know if it was actual programming code and what did it all mean? Well the code has been cracked Terminator fans, and unfortunately it is not very glamorous.
Ignoring the warnings the Terminator franchise has taught us, the popular social media platform Facebook has a division dedicated to developing Artificial Intelligence. They call themselves F.A.I.R. (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research) and have a mission statement that states they are “committed to advancing the field of machine intelligence.” But something went wrong recently, so much so they decided to pull the plug.
Priced in the thousands of dollars, 3D Printers used to be a very expensive investment. But now, thanks to printers like Creality’s CR-10 (which can be purchased for $499 and under), unaffordable 3D Printing is a thing of the past. So what does a Terminator fan naturally do when they obtain one of these affordable 3D printers? Build a gigantic T-800 Endoskull bust of course!
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.
The fictional Terminator franchise seemingly inched one step closer to becoming a reality recently when the Russian press revealed behind-the-scenes footage of their new military robot that can shoot guns and make decisions. They also insist it’s not a “Terminator”.
In the years to come, some fans have wondered; Will James Cameron be remembered as a prolific writer and director of movies dealing with science fiction, or will he be remembered as a “Nostradamus” of the technological world, correctly predicting a future clash between artificial intelligent machines and humanity? Well after the results to a recent poll was announced, it appears the majority of Great Britain feel it will be the latter.
“I’m not machine. I’m not man. I’m more.” Every Terminator fan recognizes that iconic line from “Terminator Genisys” where a “changed” John Connor reveals his new improved self to the horror of Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor. Well the genius investor, engineer, businessman and inventor Elon Musk (who happens to be the 80th most wealthiest person in the world) says we better embrace being “more”. This is because he believes in the future, humans becoming cyborgs might be the only thing that saves humanity. And he has a plan.