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Judgement Day

We can thank our friend The Cyberdyne system T-800 Model 101 Terminator for helping us avert destruction.  At least for a little while that is, because Judgement Day can never be averted, only postponed.

Much as been said about the war between the machines and the humans.  There have been many documentaries, each of them telling a different version of the same events.  One of the commonalities they all share however is the persistence of man.  For when he is backed into a corner and all bets are off, he will do anything to prevent his own destruction.  That’s something that even a Machine was able to learn.  This leads us to hope that there will be a future where Judgement Day can be perpetually averted.

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Judgment Day

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.



The Singularity

Well, not really, but a pretty good story nonetheless.

365 Tomorrow’s Mind Over Matter is worth the read.  There’s alot of morality in it, but I for one know where I would stand.  If you need any help guessing, just read the byline of this blog – “the robots are coming” That should be more then enough to tell you how I would handle this reality, should it ever exist in my lifetime.

Granted, I don’t know the likely hood of ever seeing the real life themes shown in this short story, but I still am uneasy about it.  Robots are bad, period.  I will be one of those suborn people until the day I die, and luckily, living in America, I’m free to have that opinion.

Anyway, I know this isn’t much of a post, but I didn’t want to get too much into the story without you reading it.  Eh, what the hell, this is the internet, and after all, I don’t care.  I’ll do you the curtsy of having to click after the jump to read what I think anyway.

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17 Stumbles XVII

So it’s that time again, time for new Stumbles. I don’t know what to call this.  I’ve been thinking about it for nearly a month.  Luckly, for us, I have decided to keep Chris’ stumbles experiment part of the official numbering system.  He should thank me, and 17 is my favorite number.  Anyway, so, this time around we are back to the crude humor you’ve come to expect: poop, Nazis, memes, and racism.  Ah the internet.  What wonders you hold.   Full list after the click, enjoy.

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Military robots are a Bad Idea

When will the military learn.  Have 4 Terminator movies not been enough to show that robots do not belong on the battlefield, or making the decisions, or anywhere besides a book.  You would think that anyway.  But it seems that saving one human life on the battlefield is worth killing 1000 human lives in 5 years.  I don’t know about you, but that’s not logical.

A company has designed a robot that can take power from biomass.  This is an awesome concept.  If we can power a robot from biomass, why not a car, or an airplane, or a house?  No, first we make a military application of the technology, then it filters down to the public (in actuality, that’s how it’s happened for the past 100 years or so).  But the implemtation of the technology is wrong.

They are working on a robot that feeds on all sorts of biomass, that includes dead human bodies on it’s endless search for whatever it was programed to do.  Well I’m going to take this situation a few steps further because I have an imagination, and I know how to use it.

So, you made this robot, it can roam the land forever using plants and animals for food.  There’s a storm, it gets struck by lightning, it gains sentience, instead of a fun loving awesome robot like Johnny 5, we get a killing machine sent on a mission from Hell to destroy all humans.  It’s not long before this robot learns how to construct primitive versions of himself by abducting other robots and hardware.  Soon enough there’s an army of biomass eating baby robot killers.  Under orders from the HERO (Human Eradication-Relocation, Organization) high command, the army soon overwhelms the humans in the outlying areas of war torn countries.  Soon all traces of humans are gone, and the military is in the process of considering dropping atomic bombs to cover it up.  Unfortunately for us, our fear happy government is too scared to use the one weapon that can save us, and HERO quickly makes its way across the seas and oceans and comes ashore everywhere.  There are too many of them to be effectually contained.  The only hope is to wipe them all through a coordinated global nuclear strike.  But time is running out.

The HERO high command being born of the military, has access to the codes and satellites used and knows of this plan.  They have sent drones out on missions to consume the components of the nuclear bombs – yes they have evolved to consuming all matter now.  Also, HERO high command has carved out themselves an underground base in sub-Sahara Africa for multiple logistical reasons, so should the drones fail, the high command will still be around.  And then it’s a simple matter of going topside and flourishing, because radiation has no effect on a machine.

The world is slowly falling to the agents of HERO.  There is no turning back now, the robots have won.  Even with the nuclear strike, enough of the drones survived to wreak havoc with the surviving humans.  A group of humans have banded together to form a resistance.  The call themselves the Robot Revolutionaries, RR.  They have captured many agents of HERO, and have reverse engineered much of them.  They have also discovered something, a plot that could destroy what we know of humanity at present.  There is not much that can stop it, but for a lone person named A.E.P. Who is this A.E.P.?  He must be found, but he could be anywhere in history…

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Terminator Salvation

The Terminator franchise is one of my favorite movie franchises of all time.  (It’s also the main reason why I fear robots so much).  So when I heard that they were making another trilogy set after Judgment Day, I got excited.  Just like Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, and Die Hard,  I was getting a chance to see a new classic in theaters.  Also just like those three movies Salvation is the 4th installment of a previously successful trilogy, and if the past is any indication, 4th installments are usually not that great.  I was skeptical though the trailers looked good, and it kept the T2 music, so who knows.  Well, I know now, and I am not ecstatic, but I am pleased.

Terminator Salvation was faced with a huge mission, to keep to the roots of The Terminator history, and to prove what we already knew (Kind of like Star Wars Episode III in a way, it had to show how Anakin became Lord Vader, and make up for the horribleness of Episode II.).  T3 showed that judgment day happens, and sure, it may share alot in common with T2, but it was still a good action movie.  That being said, Salvation is not so much an action movie as a War movie.  Sure there is action involved, but it’s more about war, and with war comes sad, depressing moments.  So here’s my review of what I thought about it.  It’s after the click, cause it’s full of spoilers see, I’m being nice today.

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Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When they Roar!

This is a pointless game, but then again, some of the best ones are that.  You are a flying robot dinosaur that shoots a laser beam from your mouth when you roar.  You are also given the task of protecting humans from flying evil alien robot portal things.  It doesn’t make sense, and there’s only one level, but it’s still great fun.

Go play it for yourself and see that I am right.

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Current stats for The Robot Army

Look at those stats.  Lucky for me I live in America, we’re at the low, low end of that chart which is good because it means we have longer to live.  Obviously Japan will be the first to succumb to the robot overlords, but it’s ok, as far as we know, the robots still can’t protect themselves from an EMP blast, and America has plenty of nukes to go around.

In fact, all of Asia itself is a trouble spot, I would worry that things could start going south there at any moment.  Luckily Japan is an island nation, and we will have some advanced warning of any pending invasion of the mainland.  Our navy could cut them off and prevent some deaths depending on the advancements of the robots.  If all goes well though, we should be able to block off our country and some others that want it.  Unfortunately, the only way to truly remove the threat the robots pose is to destroy them all before they gain sentience, that is an issue.


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Will You Survive an Animal Attack?

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Ah, what silly wastes of time these things provide. This one was entertaining at the end, because notably missing from the chart above but not the final printout the give is “Human” I have a 15% chance of surviving an attack by a human.
Missing from both is “Robot” this is clearly a needed addition because it is only a matter of time before A.I. develop, and begin enslaving us all. We must know our survival chances if we are to guesstimate how much of a resistance we will be able to have to fight.

Granted, all this will become useless if time travel is invented in another dimension, because then we can open up a portal to the dimension of Nazi Dinosaurs, and they can battle the robots, and hopefully we humans will be able to sulk in the shadows while they kill each other.

However, because time travel will not be invented, we must defeat the robot uprising before it happens.

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Robotic Suit = first SPARTANs?

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That, looks like Master Chief’s armor, part of the SPARTAN-II project.  Or, an early version of it anyway.  This new exoskeotin has lots of potential, potential to kill us all.  For if you exit it, it becomes a robot, robots are bad, very bad, don’t we know that by now?