Artificial Intelligence

Arnold Schwarzenegger claims AI future from ‘Terminator’ has ‘become a reality

The famous “Terminator” line, “I’ll be back,” may have an entirely different meaning now.

While speaking at an event titled “An Evening With Arnold Schwarzenegger” this week in Los Angeles, the star, 75, claimed that the artificial intelligence world that was predicted in the “Terminator” movies has “become a reality.”

“Today, everyone is frightened of it, of where this is gonna go,” Schwarzenegger said about the state of AI in 2023, per People. “And in this movie, in ‘Terminator,’ we talk about the machines becoming self-aware and they take over.”

The actor also praised the film series’ director, James Cameron, for his “extraordinary” writing, noting that when the movie debuted in 1984 they had “just scratched the surface” of AI.

“Now over the course of decades, it has become a reality,” the actor continued. “So it’s not any more fantasy or kind of futuristic. It is here today. And so this is the extraordinary writing of Jim Cameron.”

The hit sci-fi flick “Terminator” chronicled Schwarzenegger as he played the role of a cyborg sent from the future, sent on a mission to kill Sarah Connor, who was played by actress Linda Hamilton, 66.

He made the comments during an event in Los Angeles this week.
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The classic film has since been continued into many different sequels, with the most recent one, “Terminator: Dark Fate,” having premiered in 2019.

During the event, Schwarzenegger also joked that he “wished” he could “take credit” for the movie.

“He’s just such an extraordinary writer and he’s such an unbelievable director, this is again, one of those things that I wish I could take credit for this movie,” he said.

“Today, everyone is frightened of it, of where this is gonna go,” he said about AI.
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He also praised the film’s director, James Cameron, during the event.
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“Terminator” was a film about humans versus machines.
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“I can only take credit of the character that I played and the way I played it. But I mean, he has created this character. He has written it so well, he’s written the movie so well, and that’s why he is, you know, the number one director in the world.”

Schwarzenegger is not the only person who has raised alarms about the future of artificial intelligence recently.

In the past few months, others have also spoken out about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence, including Twitter owner Elon Musk, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and “Shark Tank” host Mark Cuban.

In May, Musk even made a reference to the “Terminator” while speaking about the new technology at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit.

However, the former California governor is not the only one who has raised alarms about AI in recent months.
Twitter owner Elon Musk spoke about its dangers during an event in May.
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“There’s a non-zero chance of it going Terminator,” the SpaceX founder said. “It’s a small likelihood of annihilating humanity, but it’s not zero. We want that probability to be as close to zero as possible.”

Whoopi Goldberg also expressed her hesitancy about AI during a May 31 episode of “The View,” while speaking about her distrust of Amazon’s “personal assistant” computer technology, Alexa.

“You know she is listening, I don’t want her in the house,” Goldberg claimed as her cohost, Alyssa Farah Griffin, showed agreement. “I don’t want anything that is smart enough to lock me out of my house. I don’t want anything that won’t let me drive my car. When you watch science fiction, it’s right there. They tell you.”

However, there have been reports of AI making strides in the medical field, with doctors and scientists in the United Kingdom reaching a big development in fast-tracking cancer detection in May.

Other researchers have also made breakthroughs in being able to detect pancreatic cancer in advance.

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