The Terminator Series & A.I.

BrettB

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Something occurred to me after watching The Terminator the other night.
Basically, what is the level of A.I. in the Terminator movies? I mean, the "machines" seem to possess some human traits such as the desire to survive at all costs and the desire to be free/self governing. But other human traits, such as love, compassion, morality, etc. are only hinted at in T2.
In 2029 while the war is going on, are there cyborgs composing music, contemplating their existence, etc.?
Is it possible that the A.I. of the "machines" could be such that their prime objective is to totally annihilate humanity (survival/freedom), while not possessing the human traits which would cause them pause.
I know if I hadn't seen A.I. this summer I wouldn't be sitting here trying to compose this post, all the while, hoping I don't sound stupid.

Maybe I'm overthinking it.

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andreasingo

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Clearly in the Terminator series the machines are just war machines. Built by Skynet to exterminate mankind. Skynet won't give up until the human race defies it or Skynet defies humanity. After that I have no idea what will happen.
 

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Brett - interesting thoughts

One aspect is that the purpose of the depiction of the machines are different. In Terminator & T2, they are to present the ultimate killing machine; in A.I. they are to help us grapple with what is "human" and how close a machine can be to that.
But, treating them as real creations:
David, in A.I. was effectively human. His AI was very advanced so that he could learn, change, improvise. But it was still imperfect, because it was 'trapped' with an overriding purpose, that eventually doomed it.
IN T & T2, they are machines with nearly perfect AI for killing. It could tactically and strategically plan its mission, adapt, improvise and mimic humans convincingly. However, it the AI did not encompass emotions, friendships, changing loyalties, etc.
But they are both highly advanced in that they both could learn. New information could be accepted and then used in novel ways.
 

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