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I don't know if any of you saw the Andy Goode theory I formulated back in March, but the gist of it was that because of his path crossing with Sarah he would not have been the guy who created Skynet, but rather the guy to prevent it. The AI never would have gotten "angry" if Andy had developed it because he had a desire to understand it and communicate with it on a personal level.

Andy's gone now, but I think part of that idea may be coming through in Catherine's story. She picked up where Andy left off in advancing the AI. I'm not sure of her end goal at this point. That eel in the fish tank still screams EEEEVIL to me and her wardrobe is growing darker with each passing episode (started out white and has moved through progressively darker shades of grey). So the likely scenario is that she's intending to birth Skynet... until we factor in Sherman and Ellison.

Sherman prompted Catherine, a machine, to start acting more human towards her daughter while also helping her to understand the AI from a more human perspective. Enter Ellison, who informs Catherine that a thinking machine with no morals or ethics is dangerous. And now it would seem he's going to help in that regard by teaching John Henry the 10 Commandments and more. Regardless of Catherine's original intention, what she may end up with isn't a machine that kills without conscience, but rather a machine that understands the meaning of death and, by extension, the value of life. I think this may be a game-changing moment.

There's been an on-going debate with TSCC about whether or not judgment day can actually be prevented. We've been told the future's not set and that there's no fate but what you make. Yet no matter what Sarah does, the grim future only gets delayed — the AI that leads to Skynet always springs back up. It seems inevitable that it'll develop, be implemented by the military and the apocalypse will follow. Maybe that's because the approach has always been to try to thwart the progress of the technology rather than to try to change the nature of the technology. And I'm starting to think that changing the technology is how the Connors can actually win the war.


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Nov. 25th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Aside from creating Skynet, I'm still yet to determine whether Weaver has any secondary motivations behind what she's doing.

I have spent some time pondering if the only way to defeat Skynet is to embrace it. Save it and don't give it a reason to want to destroy everyone. Let it feel something other than anger and fear and see if it can live alongside its creators.

Nov. 27th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
The thing about Weaver that makes me think there's more to her than trying to create Skynet is that she's so open to the idea of socializing the AI. First with Sherman, now with Ellison. And I'd expect that if she were just about growing Skynet's brain, she wouldn't cared if it had morals or ethics or could be related to on a human level. I'm not sure what she's up to, but it's got to be more than Skynet.
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
She may to be trying to teach the AI the value of its OWN life for self preservation purposes. So...

Maybe a moral from the bible gets taken the way only a machine would understand and ends up with the apocalyptic scenario playing out because it believes that its god. If you look at the ten commandments from the perspective of god being the AI; we are all disobeying the machines 10 commandments and now deserve to be punished in a biblical nature.

The first two commandments are:
I am the Lord your God
You shall have no other gods before me

As long as they portray relligion as being a crazy mistake and spawning evil thats fine with me!
Nov. 27th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Interesting idea, but it clearly already has a self-preservation instinct (Sherman died because it took all the power for itself).

As for religion being portrayed as a crazy mistake - heh - not going to happen. :P
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