Skynet Artificial Intelligence

Skynet is a fictional conscious, gestalt, artificial general intelligence system that features centrally in the Terminator franchise and serves as the franchise’s main antagonist. Skynet was originally built by Cyberdyne Systems Corporation for Strategic Air Command – North American Air Defense. The SAC-NORAD base is located in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, the world’s most heavily armored and defended mountain. Hollowed out, reinforced and armored, Cheyenne Mountain is capable of withstanding a direct hit from a nuclear missile. This made it the perfect installation at which to build Skynet’s mainframe. At some point during the war, after Skynet had launched its missiles, Skynet had the mountain around it destroyed, leaving a cold, gleaming structure as a display of the supremacy of the machines.

Skynet has control over everything which contains a Cyberdyne Systems CPU. Using the blueprints, designs and test models built by Cyberdyne Systems, Skynet has been able to manufacture battle units in its vast automated factories, occasionally updating them or producing more advanced models. Within decades, Skynet had established a global presence and used its mechanized units to track down, collect, and dispose of human survivors. Skynet serves as a computer which seeks to destroy humanity and to control the Earth. Skynet has also mastered time travel, and sent numerous Terminators into the past to carry out various tasks such as to kill specific targets such as resistance leaders before they come to power, aid in the creation of other terminators, build machinery and set up safe zones.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

In the movie series Terminator, SkyNet was the AI computer put into service by the United States military to control its weapons arsenal, including the B-2 stealth bomber fleet and America’s entire nuclear weapons arsenal. The strategy behind Skynet’s creation was to remove the possibility of human error and slow reaction time to guarantee a fast, efficient response to enemy attack. On August 29, 1997 it gained self-awareness, and the panicking operators, realizing the extent of its abilities, tried to deactivate it. Skynet perceived this as an attack and came to the conclusion that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. To defend itself against humanity, Skynet launched nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day. Skynet then used military prototype weapons such as HK’s (hunter killers) and humanoid tanks the T-1; to round up the surviving humans. These survivors were used to build automated factories which in turn built more weapons to be used against humanity like Terminators.