A Creator of Skynet Ponders Google

Terminator 2: Judgement Day Photograph by Robert Patrick via Everett Collection

After an eight-year detour in which he served as governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to his true calling as a cyborg assassin. Shooting on a new Terminator film reportedly got under way last month in New Orleans and is expected to be released sometime next year. But the resurgence of one of the film’s main characters, the self-aware computing network Skynet, is already a fait accompli. Skynet is invoked every time a military contractor dispatches a fleet of autonomous vehicles, or a shadowy corporation begins rallying a robot army, or scientists develop “a cloud-based hive mind for robots to upload and download information and learn new tasks from each other, completely independent of humans.”

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