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.
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.
“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.