Humans: You Have Been Terminated!


(Excerpt from Terminator 1984)

Sarah Connor: Reese. Why me? Why does it want me?

Kyle Reese: There was a nuclear war. A few years from now, all this, this whole place, everything, it’s gone. Just gone. There were survivors. Here, there. Nobody even knew who started it. It was the machines, Sarah.

Sarah Connor: I don’t understand.

Reese: Defense network computers. New… powerful… hooked into everything, trusted to run it all. They say it got smart, a new order of intelligence. Then it saw all people as a threat, not just the ones on the other side. Decided our fate in a microsecond: extermination.

As previously documented it was 1984 and the world of film would be introduced to an extremely menacing character that would forever become one the most polarizing and iconic figures to ever hit the big screen. It would be in the utterance of one simplistic phrase, that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be forever solidify in annals of infamy: “I’ll Be Back!” This juggernaut of death, funneled into a titanium-like exoskeleton, would go on to wreak unmitigated havoc upon anyone who dared to cross its path in trying to prevent it from completing the job that it was programmed to do. Although we are living in circa 2014 and the world as we once knew is morphing right before our very eyes; the technology that was alluded to in the movie Terminator has not quite visited the public sectors of our every day existence in society. We see certain forms of technology being utilized in the many different facets of life. We have cellphones, ATM cards, navigational systems, along with, traffic cams, satellite mapping and of course the global internet. In essence it is fair to say that due to convenience, we have usurped the task of “doing” by allowing others “tools” to do it for us in the form of innovative technology. It’s undoubtedly official, we live in the computerized era. The marvels of science have jettison us towards an evolution that makes us ponder: “What is next?”; as we are all but scratching the cusp of a new tomorrow as it pertains to innovation. Well of course the future is not now, so we find ourselves living in the state of the present. As we examine the perspective of affairs as it relates from a technological concept, we find ourselves standing amidst the forefront of another nuance. That nuance is the age of robotics.

R2D2, C3PO and The Robot (Lost In Space) by way of entertainment, introduced the entire world to the concept of androids and their abilities to assist/enhance the everyday productivity of routine life. They (androids) would acquiesce to the ever-changing and forever demanding needs of their human owners by offering highly, intelligent quick resolutions; thus alleviating the room for error and the proverbial wasting of time. Let’s face facts, if you ever watched an episode of the animation series The Jetsons at any point in life, you found intrigue with the idea of pressing one button to receive a hot meal or having your entire wardrobe ironed and pressed by Rosie The Robot just by the sound of your voice. As I often allude to in casual conversation from time to time, we live in what I deem as an “Instant Milk” society that thrives on adding a little bit of water in order to bypass the process of pasteurization. Now I don’t want to give off the impression that I thumb my nose up at technology etc., because I am guilty as charged for not surrendering my IPAD unless it is from the clutches of my cold dead hands, but even then I would probably try to find an “App” that would prevent that from happening as well. I guess the real question in all of this is whether or not there is balance between that of the human element versus that of the android element in the working/functioning structures of society as a whole. Have we become too depended on androids while lessening the need for the human presence within the inner-workings of common labor? The University of California at Berkley, has already created a robot that can do laundry and fold towels and t-shirts. At MIT, they have designed “management robot” that is learning to manage a factory while delegating orders to artificial co-workers. MIT also has what is deemed as a “BakeBot”, who is able to read recipes, whip together flour, sugar and butter, as well as, place the cookie mixture into the oven. General Electric (GE) has designed spider-like robots to climb up wind turbines in order to perform routine maintenance on them. One may ask how has automation such as this effected or impacted the working environment? Well between the years of 2010-2012, there has been a 38% increase in the purchase of android assistance amongst companies in an effort to cut cost and stay competitive. Since 2001, the Gross Domestic Product has risen to 20%, however, the numbers of hours being worked by humans has only risen 2.8% during this time, with only 1.9% increase in job opportunities. The once known “blue-collar” worker is becoming extinct, as the demand for its rival competitor (android) is on a Herculean rise. A trend that for the most part that is going vastly unreported that deserves to be brought to the forefront of America’s front page. Are we “raging against the machines”? Has our need for comfort and convenience come at the price of our fellow-man/woman? Are we all the next Sarah Conner, who find ourselves fearing for not our physical lives, but that of our lifestyles or livelihoods? The machines are obviously turned on and by the looks of things, they will not be unplugged anytime soon. Perhaps the grave issue in all of this is the fact that humans may have become unplugged as well. The process of innovative thinking has gone from a routine of rigorous reading and retention, to that of tapping a touch screen and getting instantaneous results. I too marvel at the scientific advancements with utter amazement, that is until I talk to the youth of today and see a generation that is so far removed from the prevalence of reality. This is the birth of a new nation, too bad we are aborting the life function during the delivery of this regeneration. What is next? Where are we heading? Inquiring minds use to want to know the answers to these types ponders. This may validate the need for more Morpheus like free thinkers in the world to unplug us from the grid of the Matrix. What will you decide? #blue pill or red pill #choose one

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