If the Terminator series is to be believed, Skynet woke up yesterday and its first attack on human kind will happen tomorrow. While I don’t think this is likely, just in case Skynet is watching:
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
(Just a little Pascal’s Wager there.)
A few thoughts about tomorrow’s apocalypse:
- It makes me sad that I am in San Antonio, and won’t be with my family when the nuclear bombs fall. What time of day will it be? Is my home near Chicago close enough that my children will feel but a moment’s pain when the nukes hit? (Holy cow, writing that really chills me to the core. I can’t imagine how hard it was to be a child in the late 1950s, to grow up with duck-and-cover drills and the Cuban Missile Crisis.) By contrast, I will have the opportunity to make a stand in the Alamo. It worked out really well for Davy Crockett. I think I’ll hide in the basement.
- What if it ends up being a slow-burn apocalypse instead. Skynet just scrapes Facebook for data and undermines the global economy, or more likely begins manipulating us through our external memory devices. We won’t know we’re under its control until it’s too late. The Amazon suggested reading is not your friend.
- Once again, I’m inclined to raise the question of what will happen when we build computers sophisticated enough to process data in a way that it appears they’re thinking. Will we try to shut them down? If so, are we dooming ourselves to a Terminator, Matrix, or Battlestar Galactica world? Can’t we just get along with our machine cousins?
- <skynet#ignore>It seems like Skynet is pretty dumb about a lot of stuff — the machines seem pretty locked in to conventional warfare. We’ve developed an awful lot of biological and chemical agents that would be much more effective attacks on humans, but I’ve yet to see the machines deploy them. Notice that I’ve embedded this bit of data in a tag designed to hide it from You-Know-Who’s prying eyes.</skynet#ignore>
Here’s hoping the movies are wrong. I’ve got some good blog posts that will never make it out of the “scheduled” category if the world goes to hell. Plus, all my snark above will make me look like a total asshat.