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12 Fictional Supercomputers I Hope Never Materialize

If Google's server farm ever does assert its independence and decide the human race needs to do something other than look up cat videos, most science fiction fans would shrug and say: "Told you so." Artificial intelligence has the baddest of raps in science fiction, in big part because so many of these supercomputers tend to be so malicious. But look closer and you'll find in a lot of cases they're simply doing too good a job of being true to their programming, whether for good or ill. He
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Skynet from "The Terminator"

James Cameron must have had Colossus on the brain when he was writing the screenplay for "The Terminator," as he borrowed some of the same ideas. His story featured Skynet, a massive defense computer also trusted with the world's nuclear weapons, which decides that humanity is a bigger threat than the computers on the other side. One nuclear war later, it's sending robot drones to comb through the wreckage and kill the survivors, even going so far as to send one back in time to kill the mother of the then-unborn human resistance. No discussion of unmanned drones today goes without being at least partly informed by thoughts of the "Terminator" films, but it looks like even Skynet couldn't make a mission of retroactively rewriting the third and fourth movies in the series to not stink.

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