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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Don't be afraid - Despite 'Terminator,' machines still on our side

NY Daily News - May 25, 2009, by Ethan Sacks

John Connor (Christian Bale) has good reason to fear killer machines in 'Terminator: Salvation' - Foreman/Warner Bros.

The post-apocalyptic "Terminator Salvation" depicts a world in which a computer becomes self-aware - and promptly makes the logical decision to wipe out the humans that made it. It's a scenario that's gotten a lot eerier in the 25 years since the pre-Internet days of the first "Terminator" movie.

But there's no reason banish the BlackBerry to the basement ...just yet, say computer scientists.

"We live in a world today where this is no longer science fiction," says McG, the director of "Terminator Salvation." "Artificial intelligence is absolutely everywhere, from the ABS brakes in your car to your BlackBerry, spelling the word you misspelled correctly on your behalf.

"It's here."

Not so fast.

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