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English citations of Skynet

  • 1991, James Cameron, William Wisher Jr., Terminator 2: Judgment Day:
    The Terminator: In three years, Cyberdyne will become the largest supplier of military computer systems. All stealth bombers are upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned. Afterwards, they fly with a perfect operational record. The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes online August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
  • 2005 June, Josh Norem (associate editor), “In/Out”, Maximum PC, Future US, page 8:
    We here ya Steve; but try telling Skynet—or whatever computer system Scrabble Online uses to acquire its words—that it’s cheating.
  • 2008, Chris Seibold, Big Book of Apple Hacks, O’Reilly Media, →ISBN, page 614:
    When not blogging, Tanner runs an underground-resistance team dedicated to plotting the exact date Skynet will become self aware and jam out to Guitar Hero.
  • 2010 May 21, Rich Mogull (interviewee), Ira Flatow (interviewer), “Online Privacy”, Talk of the Nation, Science Friday, National Public Radio:
    Facebook is not Skynet, at least not yet, so it doesn't have the ability to sort of think and track us, but if a lot of different people use the same words and information it could certainly pull that together.
  • 2011 April 15, Will Wright, “Reality, Perception and Culture”, Inventing the Future of Games, University of California at Santa Cruz:
    I just had a son recently, and he’s basically been born into Skynet. He’s going to be awash in data, and almost every record of his life—photos, things he’s written, whatever—is going to be recorded somewhere and probably persist far into the future.
  • 2012, Cristina Urdiales, Collaborative Assistive Robot for Mobility Enhancement (CARMEN), Intelligent Systems Reference Library, Springer Science & Business Media, →ISBN, volume 27, forward:
    Maybe I watched too many Mazinger shows or read too many Yoko Tsuno BDs as a kid and, surely, I think the best way to end humanity would be to migrate SkyNet to Windows Vista, but somehow I thought it would be fun.
  • 2014 February 6, Erin Gloria Ryan, “Break Your Man's Penis With Cosmo's Ridiculous Olympic Sex Tips”, Jezebel:
    It seems that, like Skynet, Cosmo has gradually become self-aware, and rather than shying away from its much-ridiculed penchant for silly sex tips, it's doubled — nay, tripled down and decided to own them, and that takes scrunchie-framed balls.
  • 2015 Matt Kaufman and Michael Wicherski, Learning Apex Programming, Professional Expertise Distilled, Packt Publishing, →ISBN, page 66:
    Best of all, the Salseforce1 Platform includes an easy-to-use page for system administrators with no programming experience to manage a schedule (like a kill switch for skynet).
  • 2016 October 17, Bryan Clark, “Google’s ‘DeepMind’ AI platform can now learn without human input” [1], The Next Web, Amsterdam:
    Depending on the point of view, this could be a serious turn of events for ever-smarter AI that might one day be capable of thinking and learning as humans do. Or, it might be time to start making plans for survival post-Skynet.