Terminator: A Real-Life Relation

October 25, 2014

Bobby Vaughn Jr.
September 11th, 2013

Terminator: A Real-Life Relation

The Terminator saga does a very good job showing us what a
future would be like if machines do become smart enough to
“think” for themselves. Some would fear the rise of machine
artificial intelligence. Some would knowingly just sit by and let
the progress occur--thinking that they can not change the way
things have become. Others would form a resistance and declare
war against the machines. I happily side with The Resistance.
Most believed and still do believe this to be the work solely of
science fiction -- I argue otherwise. In the movies, Cyberdyne is a
company that creates killer cyborgs, A.I. war machines, and the
A.I. system known as Skynet. This paper is an analysis document
of the Terminator saga’s relation to several real, modern-day
companies and projects relating to this topic.
It would kind of be a bummer if a company like this was real.
A real Cyberdyne would pose a real threat to humanity.
Speculate no more because Cyberdyne is here! Cyberdyne is a
company based in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan that specializes in a
wide range of robotic R&D including but not limited to “robotic
factory assistance, disaster rescue assistance, medical and
rehabilitation support, and human body function assistance or the
elderly and disabled people”. (http://www.cyberdyne.jp/english/
) They currently are not hiring, but when
they are, they are looking for individuals who have knowledge in
“mechanical engineering, mechanical design, robot control theory
(which includes robotics, informatics, and computer sciences),
digital and analog circuit design, human interface theory,
telecommunication programming, programming languages,
operation system, data base, cybernics, physiology, physiotherapy,
brain/nerve sciences, system engineering, and other professional
knowledges.” (ibid)
Cyberdyne, in the movie, originally was a manufacturing
corporation. They became a beast once they recovered
technology from a cyborg that had been sent from the future to
kill the future leader of The Resistance, John Connor. After
recovering this technology from the unsuccessful, and now
demolished, killing machine, the company reverse engineered
what they had found. They then created a powerful
microprocessor that enabled machines to think for themselves.
Now back to reality. Presently, there are modern self-thinking
machine projects and programs. One example of this is called
the OSCAR project. This is a project that was on going in 1989
and uglily probably is still underway. I believe this to presently be
active for the fact that the founder of the operation, John L.
Pollock wrote, “I have a project underway at the University of
Arizona whose ultimate objective is the construction and
modeling of the general theory of rationality. This is the OSCAR
Project. OSCAR is the system that will result. Of course the
general project of modeling rationality is an immense one, and it
will occupy researchers for centuries. But we are in a position to
make a good start on it right now”. (Pollock page 115.)
Another example of real-life cognitive, decision making
computer systems is Google. Google is a little more complex and
has a dark-side, besides it’s spying and constant learning. The
founders of the company, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, are very
big supporters and promoters of the physical, internal merging of
human beings with computers. This merging of man with
machine has been named “the Singularity”. Another term to use
for these people that accept this union is “cyborg”. We’ve all
heard the term, but most thought and still think of it as fantasy.
Sorry to blow the trumpet, but this issue is a great threat to
humanity as we know it. Eventually, if not already, Cyberdyne,
Google, and other mad A.I. researching corporations, companies,
and individuals, will start using stem-cell research, cloning, and
the human trafficking market in order to create the cyborg or
android of their liking. Legal or illegal, they do/are going to do it.
Sergey and Larry have already played huge roles in setting up
Singularity University. This installment is located in NASA
Research Park in Silicon Valley, California. What could NASA
want with cyborg research and development? Haha! Too easy.
Outside of the cyborg realm, we turn to Skynet. Cyberdyne
systems, in the Terminator saga, created for and sold to
NORAD, an artificial intelligence system known as Skynet.
NORAD wanted this system as an alternative to humans
controlling the military’s computer systems. This switch gave the
newfound A.I. system complete control of all military applications
involving computers and missile activation including nuclear
weapons. After being activated by NORAD, Skynet started to
learn. It had been given the space (massive computer network) to
become self-aware. After realizing that this new system had
integrated its own consciousness, an attempt to deactivate it was
made. It perceived this as a threat to its own existence. In
retaliation against the ones who wanted to shut it down (humans),
nuclear missiles were launched at Russia. As a counter, Russia
launched nukes towards the United States and it’s partner
countries. Nuclear world war had become the grim reality. After
all of the smoke cleared, over 3 billion people were killed. The
surviving humans banned together to form a human resistance
against the machines. Thus, The Resistance was formed. John
Connor eventually became the leader of The Resistance due to
his previous knowledge of the machines including what they
could do, where they come from, and what to look for to
distinctly point-out androids and cyborgs.
There has been ongoing research with many sectors to create
human-like entities of these sorts. One private, tax-dollar
operated division is DARPA (Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency). This is one section where the U.S. militaries
“skunkworks” are researched and pushed out. They have
recently been working with creating immortal synthetic biological
creatures that have kill-switches. This project sports the name
BioDesign. According to Wired, “The plan would assemble the
latest bio-tech knowledge to come up with living, breathing
creatures that are genetically engineered to “produce the intended
biological effect.” DARPA wants the organisms to be fortified
with molecules that bolster cell resistance to death, so that the labmonsters
can “ultimately be programmed to live
indefinitely.” (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/02/
) This article was written in 2010 and is no
longer on DARPAs main website. They had to make room for
new projects. With mad science like this, they could easily, after
much research, create androids. They could create real-life
pokemon as well. They could create any kind of life-form they
desire, including cyborgs, as long as it is within the individual
scientists skill level. DARPA is a war research sector, so they are
creating these creatures with intent to use them on the battlefield
before they escape or are released from the lab to invade the
populace of the U.S. This link will give you an outline of what
Biological projects they are working on. As you read the project
names and descriptions, think of Nazi R&D in the 30s and 40s.
except beefed up to meet the needs of these technological quacks
in charge: http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/DSO/Focus_Areas/

Technology can be a good thing when researched and
developed in a humane manner. The progress being made by
many scientists right now resemble the "fictional" Terminator saga
more than most people know. From Cyberdyne being a real-life
company right now to what is happening in DARPA’s top-secret
laboratories, we now know who the shadow government is. It is
the machines. A computer system similar to Skynet may be in
control of the United States. Who knows? It may be at Google’s
headquarters or in Silicon Valley at the Singularity University
installation. The documents are popping up and coming forth
daily– proving that what was once thought to be a haunting
science-fiction film, is moderately fast pacedly becoming a reality.
This A.I. research may be occurring at your own university. John
L. Pollock was researching human rationality and mapping it to
integrate it into machines in 1989. It is 2013 now. One can
almost just imagine the kind of R&D happening right now.
Twenty-three years is a long time and a lot of progress in
technology. So now, you should make a choice. Which side are
you on? Join The Resistance. Join us in our fight to preserve
Works Cited
The Terminator saga. James Cameron. Metro-Goldwyn-
Mayer, 1984 (1); 1991 (2); 2003 (3); 2009
(Pollock, John L. “How to Build a Person: A
Prolegomenon.” Cambridge, Massachusetts, The MIT
Press, 1989, 1. Artificial intelligence-Philosophy.
2. Machine learning)

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