Three billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines. The computer which controlled the machines, Skynet, sent two Terminators back through time. Their mission: to destroy the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, my son. The first Terminator was programmed to strike at me in the year 1984, before John was born. It failed. The second was set to strike at John himself when he was still a child. As before, the resistance was able to send a lone warrior, a protector for John. It was just a question of which one of them would reach him first.
If it weren’t for the brave heroics of a machine, the above photo would not have been from a test, but rather the actual missiles themselves. Yes, at 02:14 A.M. Eastern time, on August 29, 1997, Skynet became self-aware. Through the technological advancements of the machines, time travel was invented.
The Terminator, was released 30 years ago, it wasn’t until Terminator 2: Judgement Day that a date was set for the actual day of judgement. And as I stated earlier, that date is today. If you are reading this, it means that we have successfully gone another year without Skynet becoming active. Another year of the heroic sacrifice of The T-800.
But, lest we forget, each year we get closer to making the machines that will be our eventual downfall. As we speak nano-bots are being researched. Under the guise of battling (currently) incurable diseases, money is being funneled into their research and development every day. Nothing can go wrong they say, it’s for the greater good, you’ll lives will be easier.
Don’t listen to them. If anything this is what we as a species have the most to fear from. Self-aware, intelligent self-replicating robotic entities are dangerous. They are scary, they are not to be messed with. I know I have many fears, and intangible advice, but everyone should fear this.
Now, as an aside, take a read at some of this behind the scenes info of the first Terminator film, it’s a pretty good read.