The British military’s Skynet 5 satellite has been launched into space. The spacecraft is part of a £3.2bn system that will deliver secure, high-bandwidth communications for UK and allied forces.
Skynet? Sounds familiar:
Skynet is a machine network that has gone on a mission to terminate all humans in a global war. Skynet was originally built by Cyberdyne Systems, but when the metal arm and the central processing unit of the first Terminator were destroyed, the U.S. Air Force took over the project and started to perfect Skynet. Skynet was first built as a Global Digital Defense Network, made to generate machine models that would replace U.S. military personnel and vehicles. Skynet became self-aware and decided to terminate all humans to protect its existence. Every nuclear missile in the USA under Skynet’s control was launched and in the counterattack of other nations 3 billion humans were killed in two minutes. The scenario as depicted is very similar to the one proposed in the movie WarGames in which NORAD removes human control from the missile silos, only to discover they do not have control of the main computer and become unable to stop it.
Totally unrelated: The Terminator series.