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.
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.
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.
Many years ago, after watching the 1984 science fiction classic “The Terminator”, there was a Russian child who decided one day he would build his very own Terminator. Now, more than 30 years later, that once child, now adult unveiled his new T-800 to the world, equipped with a brain that allows it to speak for itself and answer questions. He named it John Henry.