– I warned you about AI, says James Cameron, director of The Terminator, in a recent TV interview. In a reference to his two classic films about killer robots from the near future, the iconic filmmaker warns of a “nuclear arms race” in artificial intelligence.
In 1984’s legendary science fiction thriller The Terminator, a killer robot (Arnold Schwarzenegger) arrives from the future to kill the mother of the future leader of the resistance movement against the artificial intelligence Skynet and its army of machines.
Skynet began, as it does now, with humans experimenting with and rapidly developing what is known as AI. In the movie, we learn that AI Skynet quickly became too intelligent for the good of humanity and eventually develops a consciousness that leads to World War III.
The fact that questions about AI and its role in society are one of the hottest topics of debate today cannot have escaped many people. Proponents are numerous, but so are its critics. Now the director of The Terminator joins the latter category.
James Cameron said in an interview with CTW News on Tuesday that the film (and its sequel T2: Judgment Day) should have served as a warning about the dangers of AI, and that the “weaponization” of the new technology could have disastrous consequences.
James Cameron says the weaponization of A.I. is the biggest danger.
“I warned you guys in 1984! And you didn’t listen.”
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 19, 2023
“Humans can no longer intercede”
In the interview, Cameron is asked if he believes artificial intelligence could one day lead to the extinction of the human race. Concerns shared by some industry leaders.
– I absolutely share their concern. I warned you guys in 1984 and you didn’t listen
He goes on to warn that “the weaponization of AI is the biggest danger“, adding that “I think that we will get into the equivalent of a nuclear arms race with AI. And if we don’t build it, the other guys are for sure going to build it, and so then it’ll escalate“.
If artificial intelligence is used on the battlefield, computers could develop so quickly that “Humans can no longer intercede”, warns James Cameron, adding that such technology “would leave no time for peace talks or an armistice”
– An AI could have taken over the world and already be manipulating it but we just don’t know, Cameron continued, speculating that conscious computers could already have total control over all the media and everything.
James Francis Cameron, born August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and film producer.
James Cameron moved to the United States in 1971 and hit the big time when he wrote and directed The Terminator in 1984. He went on to direct a number of blockbusters, and held the record for highest grossing film between 1998 and 2019 with Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009). He has won several Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Producer and Best Film Editing.
Cameron is also an advisor to the U.S. space agency NASA.
1984: Terminator (director and writer).
1986: Aliens (director and writer).
1989: The Abyss (director and writer).
1991: Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (director, writer and producer).
1994: True Lies (director, writer and producer).
1995: Strange Days (writer and producer).
1997: Titanic (Director, Writer and Producer).
2009: Avatar (Director, Writer and Producer).