THE BEGINNING OF SKYNET?
In the name of “Putting America at the Forefront of 21st Century Manufacturing” the White House casually announced, via the White House blog, the launch of what they’re calling “Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competitions.” The first two institutes—a Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Institute in Detroit and a Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago—will be followed by four additional “hubs” to be determined through the aforementioned competition.
Read the complete press release HERE.
Pictured above: President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House speaks to reporters on Feb. 25th, 2014 as threatening robotic arms capable of crushing him like a grape loom menacingly in the foreground.
Pictured above: President Barack Obama photographed in the East Room of the White House on Feb, 25th, 2014 with what could certainly be a weapon derived from technology appropriated from the future.
READING BETWEEN THE LINES
President Obama explained that the proposed and existing institutes would bring private industry and the government together. “That’s what these new hubs are all about” said Obama, “They’re partnerships – they bring together companies and universities to develop cutting-edge technology, train workers to use that technology, and make sure research is turned into real-world products made by American workers.”
Pictured above: Jim Cameron’s concept art for the Skynet complex in the TERMINATOR film series.
THE FINAL BATTLE BETWEEN HUMANS AND MACHINES
Though the president was careful to couch the announcement in terms of progress and national pride, a careful read of the actual press release stresses the importance of “strengthening our capabilities for defense” and indicates that both institutes are led by the Department of Defense. Okay, maybe that device next to the president isn't a plasma weapon capable of reducing any human structure to rubble. But note the similarities of the structures in the two pictures above. I'm just sayin'.
Pictured above: Joe Morton as Miles Dyson in T2: JUDGMENT DAY, with the original Terminator hand—the start of Cyberdyne systems.
Isn’t one of these "institutes" going to be Cyberdyne? And can Skynet be far behind?
Pictured above: Skynet, with a Terminator in the foreground and a Hunter/Killer (HK) in the background from the T2:3D: BATTLE ACROSS TIME attraction by Universal Studios.
CAN SKYNET WIN?
Last week James Cameron was holding an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit and received the following question:
Mr. Cameron took the question seriously and answered thoughtfully, "If one believes in a multiverse of an infinite number of parallel universes, or even a large number of them, then there have to be a few where Skynet wins. But you know, I don't know how it's done exactly. And if I did I wouldn't say."
Good thinking, Jim. Don't give away our vulnerabilities. And doesn’t that username seem awfully suspicious? The robots may be sentient already!
Cameron went on to say, "One could argue that the machines have already won. All you have to do is look around at how many people are face-down texting 100% of the time, everywhere they are, and it's hard to imagine the machines haven't won."
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
- David Sanger
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