The 1984 movie the terminator was a futuristic sci-fi about the uprising of artificial intelligence and their quest to extinguish the human race. The story was ahead of its time in thinking about these concepts, but after nearly forty years of technological advancement, it feels like it could be closer to reality. At least, that’s what the film’s director believes.
Director JamesCameron is on the press tour promoting his most recent blockbuster film, Avatar: The Way of Waterand while sitting down with the Smartless podcast hosted by Sean Hayes, Will Arnett, and Jason Bateman, he was asked if he was afraid of a dark future machine uprising akin to the terminator. Hey explained:
“Well, I’m not ‘afraid’ but I’m certainly pretty concerned about the potential for misuse of AI I think AI can be great, but also it could literally be the end of the world. You talk to all of the AI scientists — and I know a bunch of them — and every time I put my hand up at their seminars or something, they just start laughing. ‘Oh, that’s the Skynet Guy, sure, we really want to hear from you.’ The point is that no technology has ever been weaponized. And do we really want to be fighting something smarter than us that isn’t us on our own world? I don’t think so.”
He went on to say that it’s possible the machines have already taken over:
“Look, an AI could’ve taken over the world and already be manipulating it, and we just don’t know because it would have control over all of the media and everything. And what better explanation for how absurd everything is right now. Because nothing makes a damn bit of sense to me, I don’t know about you.”
Well, it has been a very strange few years. I don’t know about all that though, and maybe it’s better I don’t know. I’m pretty happy, so if AI is controlling me, they’re doing a pretty good job.