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January 17, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Terminator Genisys trailers seemingly spawned fears that Roomba vacuums may do more than annoy pets

With a new trilogy of Terminator films on the horizon and the looming date of destruction also known as Judgment Day, it would seem that some folks want to put Cyberdyne Systems in the headlines. After all, Skynet will getcha if ya don't watch out...

Terminator vacuum cleaner Recently an organization called The Future of Life Institute (FLI) released an open letter suggesting some best practices regarding artificial intelligence. Soon, perceived geniuses Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking chimed in stating that killer robots would be a bad thing - or something to that effect.

Combining the "killer robot" theme with inferior journalistic coverage of the FLI's open letter resulted in outlandish sci-fi inspired news headlines. Popular Science Magazine stepped in with words of reason and a sharp rebuttal to those attempting to garner attention via false fear.

I used to read Popular Science regularly and this is an excellent reminder of what a great magazine it it. It always piqued my interest when I was a kid. As for machines becoming self aware and wreaking havoc, I'm pretty sure that scenario makes a better sci-fi flick than a reality.

Cats will always fear roving roombas, but humans need to chill and question everything. People are still so eager to believe anything they read. With so many folks claiming that "print" is dead, you'd think they'd pay more attention to those words - digital or otherwise. Trusting the news media to inform you is a ridiculous notion and random internet posts (like this one) are just as bad... if not worse.

I'm really excited about the upcoming Terminator movie and that it seems to be the first in a new trilogy. When you look at the release dates of the existing Terminator films in the series, each film is spaced by nearly a decade. It's an interesting release schedule that seems to have been reigned in for the Genisys era.

I'm excited about the new films - check out the trailer. And don't worry about self aware machines coming after you.


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