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    Exclamation Skynet Becomes Self-Aware: How to Welcome Our AI Overlords

    http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/...es-self-aware/

    The time has come. According to the Terminator clock, at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday, Skynet will become self-aware. And humanity will be screwed.

    Going by canon set out in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, Judgment Day should hit Thursday. In these final few precious hours, there are several things members of the human race can do to prepare for total domination by our new artificially intelligent masters. Here’s a quick guide.

    1. Attempt to Celebrate Doom Through Facebook

    This may not necessarily save anyone, but for the brave few who choose to welcome our robot conquerers with open arms in hopes of making friends, there’s a Facebook event dedicated to celebrating the day Skynet Becomes Self-Aware. It’s already got nearly 7,000 people signed up to “CRUSHALLHUMANS/SAVE THE WORLD.”

    That might not be easily done, though.

    “I’ve been spontaneously deciding how to at least mark the zero hour,” said Scott McDaniel, the 39-year-old information architect from Atlanta who organized the Facebook event, in an e-mail to Wired.com. “I’m celebrating in meatspace by showing my fiancee’s parents The Terminator for the first time — as older, conservative Greeks it should be entertaining.”

    Warning: Don’t “poke” newly sentient robots. They hate that $#@!.

    2. Don’t Panic

    If you’ve been reading your Wired magazine (and really, who hasn’t?), you know that the AI revolution is already upon us and might not be so bad after all. There’s a very good chance that all those Skynet minions will just keep going about their business. No nuclear warfare necessary.

    Still, it’s possible that all those animatronic doo-dads in Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” ride might get some bright ideas and start an uprising, so remain prepared. However, it’s not required that you run screaming from your Roomba.

    3. Terminate Yourself

    No, this is not a call for a suicide pact — humankind should not go down without a fight. But until we’re actually threatened with violence, just play it cool. Back when Terminator Salvation was released, the fine folks at Warner Bros. uploaded Terminate Yourself, a tool that can take any old headshot and make it look like a Terminator. Do this. Then put that picture on every online profile — Facebook, Twitter, Match.com — you’ve got out there. Act natural.

    4. Buy a Bunker

    If things go according to the Terminator films and TV series, once Skynet becomes self-aware, the U.S. military will attempt to shut it down and the network will, in turn, freak out and launch a nuclear attack.

    There’s little that can be done in such a scenario. It’s probably best to look into nuclear-safe bunkers. Find one and crawl in with an iPod or iPad loaded with reruns of Battlestar Galactica. Maybe visions of a different war against AI will serve as a welcome distraction from the actual carnage aboveground.

    [via SF Weekly]

    Good links throughout article - click through!



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    Time to pull the plug... ahhh, damn there's too many plugs to pull, too many backup systems, too many alternate paths/sites/locations...now.

    I know a few people that are "Off The Grid" and prepped, for good reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tangent4ronpaul View Post
    At least with GLaDOS, you have a fighting chance, and the possibility of a conscience, provided she can run tests all day long.

    Really doubt SkyNET could take HER out =p

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    I'd prefer to be ruled by HAL 9000 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    This is getting silly.
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    It started silly.
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    yall need to watch eagle eye, its about a patriotic self-aware computer that goes rogue defending the constitution



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    Quote Originally Posted by shemdogg View Post
    yall need to watch eagle eye, its about a patriotic self-aware computer that goes rogue defending the constitution
    Good movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shemdogg View Post
    yall need to watch eagle eye, its about a patriotic self-aware computer that goes rogue defending the constitution
    More info? Never heard of it.... linky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shemdogg View Post
    yall need to watch eagle eye, its about a patriotic self-aware computer that goes rogue defending the constitution
    Movie or TV show?
    Edit: OK movie.

    Eagle Eye is a 2008 thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso ...
    Last edited by Indy Vidual; 04-21-2011 at 04:55 PM.
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    Tpb! - ftw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangent4ronpaul View Post
    More info? Never heard of it.... linky?
    http://www.megavideo.com/?d=BGBICIRB

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    Quote Originally Posted by eduardo89 View Post
    cool! - thanks if it's the whole vid....



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    Quote Originally Posted by tangent4ronpaul View Post
    cool! - thanks if it's the whole vid....
    Should be

    Edit: it is, but megavideo only lets you watch 72 minutes....the way around it is open it in another browser on private browsing mode.

    ie: start watching in firefox, and finish watching it in chrome in an incognito window, that way you don't have to wait the 1 hour till you can watch for free again
    Last edited by eduardo89; 04-21-2011 at 05:05 PM.

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    hmmm...I guess we'll have to start fitting our pickups with laser canons and such.
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    OK - seen it before... interesting movie. not sure it's as represented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heavenlyboy34 View Post
    hmmm...I guess we'll have to start fitting our pickups with laser canons and such.
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