Terminator 2-20 "To the Lighthouse" - Discuss/Grade <SPO>

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by nx1701g, Mar 27, 2009.

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Grade "To the Lighthouse"

  1. "I'll be back" - Excellent

    21 vote(s)
    39.6%
  2. "Come with me if you want to live." - Above Average

    17 vote(s)
    32.1%
  3. "Thank you for explaining." - Average

    13 vote(s)
    24.5%
  4. "If we stay the course we are dead, we are all dead!" - Below Average

    2 vote(s)
    3.8%
  5. "You are TERMINATED!" - Poor

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Wouter2

    Wouter2 Captain Captain

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    And Weaver did go out there to squash it, didn't she? As for being worried, that was because she has just discovered a serious competitor in her own line of business (both regarding developping super AIs and collecting Coltan). I always thought this made way more sense than Weaver killing all of her own employees because someone made a mistake - I could understand killing those few directly responsible, but the whole plant? She was eliminating the competition.

    It does not help Skynet - Serrano point isn't "automated" in a vacuum, she is the one controlling it, ergo she is helping herself (and JH), not Skynet and not the Connors. Maybe Weaver just thinks it's handy to have control over important power sources (JH needs plenty of electical power, and Weaver does have her own Coltan factories, I suspect), and she could also anticipate some other version of Skynet trying to take control over it, which may give her an opportunity to identify this potential enemy when it makes a move at the plant when it's under her control/monitoring.

    It could also be an important point to use in negotiation with human resistance fighters like the Connors, if she ever has to treat with them (which I suspect is going to happen soon).
     
  2. nx1701g

    nx1701g Admiral Admiral

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    That does, also, make sense when you consider a comment made by Cameron in Season Two about the machines not being programmed to be cruel. If she murdered them all for one little mistake that could be interpreted as a cruel punishment. If they were the enemy then it would be a different story.

    Though Carter did do the same to his employees in Season One.


    Good point.
     
  3. Ryan8bit

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    But that's just Skynet and doesn't apply to Cameron. It's possible that Uncle Bob's detailed files were put there by John. John could put a whole bunch of strategic information in there. Cameron should know a lot more than she does, but the writers willfully make her ignorant. They are doing the same thing for Weaver, who we might argue that Skynet also doesn't have influence over. If she's gone rogue, then she might have taken the time to acquire the necessary knowledge to manipulate the future. It's doubtful that she would travel back in time without sufficient knowledge of what she was trying to change.

    That seems like an obscure but pivotal detail though. If they hacked in, and in the areas of Skynet's origins, they should know a lot more than just Andy Goode and the Turk.

    Funny how Jim Cameron removed it from the film citing it as unnecessary for the rest of the movie. His reasoning was that if terminators could hunt and use smarts to kill their prey that they wouldn't really need such a switch. I always question what the purpose of such a switch is anyways.

    I also doubt that whatever Uncle Bob learned would ever conflict with his original programming: Protect John Connor. Just the same I doubt the terminators would ever learn enough to override their basic command of killing humans.

    I just find the idea of Skynet even leaving such a huge vulnerability in its machines stupid.

    The implication is that the power plant would become fully unmanned, and operated solely by an AI. In their refitting, they would probably get rid of all consoles and controls if no humans were going to be working there. This would make it a lot harder for the resistance to use.

    What I meant is that if her mission was anti-Skynet, she would be out there destroying everything she could find related to Skynet, and she's highly capable of doing that. Instead she only reacts to offhand information.

    She didn't really seem that worried when JH was hacked though. She seemed more intrigued than anything, and not at all angry like she was before.

    Terminators presumably on Skynet's side have been shown to be malicious enough to eliminate those working for them if they felt it necessary. Carter killed all his employees because it was necessary. Weaver has killed certain employees she found to be a threat, and apparently plans to kill those who could even become a threat. Wiping out all her own people is not something uncharacteristic of a terminator, especially if she considered them all to be a risk. And they were all a risk.

    No. She is not controlling it, an AI is. Anything that is automated helps Skynet. If it can hack into John Henry, it can hack into the power plant.
     
  4. hyzmarca

    hyzmarca Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Only if the power plant has some sort of connection to the internet, which would be incredibly stupid.
     
  5. Wouter2

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    It's perhaps better not to think of it as a read/write mode switch (this indeed makes no sense), but rather as a switch that allows the Terminator to deviate from its mission on its own iniative.

    The whole premise of the show is that humans left such a vulnerability in the original Skynet. Skynet may not have considered its own creations could likewise turn against it, at first.

    I don't know about being "fully unmanned". No such power plants even exist today, and present-day TSCC is supposed to be identical to our world except for the time travellers (and the hidden plants). It would cause an enormous uproar if a nuclear plant went fully unmanned. I had the impression it was about an automated command-and-control system that could run the plant, but presumably still at least with nominal supervision (though no doubt Weaver made sure the system can do what it wants in practice).

    However, this software controlling it is controlled in turn by Weaver. I suppose it could be hacked, but this was certainly not her intention when she set it up, and she may not even have considered the possibility of anything out there being able to hack her systems. The attack on JH must have been a shock.

    But so do the Connors, pretty much. They don't seem to have any good leads anymore; maybe Weaver doesn't have good leads to a second super-AI either. After all, she already has the Turk, the only real lead that the Connors had (other than Sarah's 3 dots, which led her to Kaliba by pure coincidence).

    Certainly, but she doesn't kill at random either. Carter's employees had become superfluous, they had outlived their usefullness. The - very skilled - workers at the drone factory could have been transferred to another "Skynet prison camp"-like setup, with only the ones responsible for security and for running it getting killed if she would have deemed that necessary. Sure, there is a risk, but Weaver accepts this risk daily with Ellison, Murch, Savannah, Marsh and all her other employees (including those in secret operations that she probably has). OTOH, if it's a factory from a rival than destroying all their assets - including the hard to replace workforce - makes sense.
     
  6. hyzmarca

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    Most likely, the Terminator "chip" has two or more solid-state re-writable memory chips. One of these stores the operating system and is write-protected so that Terminators cannot alter their own operating system. The other(s) store data and experiences. This set-up allows the Terminator to experience and learn without being changed by what it experiences and learns.
    Of course, there might be a need to upgrade a Terminator's OS, so instead of permanently etching the OS chip to be unwritable, Skynet uses a physical switch. Presumably, when the machines come in for an OS upgrade, Skynet has other Terminators remove the chip, flip the switch, slot it into a terminal for the upgrade, then flip the switch back and reinstal the chip.

    Fliping the write-protect switch and leaving it flipped allows the Terminator to rewrite it's own OS files as it learns, essentially altering it's own personality according to its experiences.

    It is both technically and logically sound.

    The T-1000s don't have any sort of physical switch, so Skynet would have to rely on signing of OS files and firmware to prevent self-modification. But any sufficiently advanced AI would be able to such a signiture scheme if it wanted to.
     
  7. Ryan8bit

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    I probably shouldn't have used the term hack. Maybe usurp would've been better. If there is something that remotely controls an AI that runs the plant, it could and would be potentially taken over by Skynet.

    That is how I picture it. It still seems unnecessary.

    If there was such a specific vulnerability, it probably wasn't intentional. Skynet would have to be aware of the possibility of its machines turning.

    This show isn't identical to our world in science either. So a science fiction concept can fit in much better. No, it probably wouldn't be completely unmanned, but the whole point of using the AI was to safeguard lives and have things be controlled with minimal human interference. If Weaver was setting it up for a potential AI, then she'd probably ensure that it couldn't be taken from it.

    Weaver is from the future, and she's a practically unstoppable machine. And she is from within Skynet in some capacity, so she has to have some sort of understanding of it. If she goes back into the past with hardly any knowledge, that just seems really dumb.

    I dunno, it seems like once she finds someone even remotely untrustworthy she kills them. She wouldn't know who caused the breach or why someone was shot, so it would be easiest to just eliminate them all.

    If it turns out that you're right (and you probably are), I just think it was a poor misdirection on the creative staff's part.
     
  8. Wouter2

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    Well, Weaver didn't kill Savannah when she was a real nuisance, or Ellison after his initial refusal to teach JH, so maybe she doesn't always kill at the slightest provocation.

    I don't think it was a poor misdirection, in any case. I was unsure right away whether it was meant to be Weaver's plant (also because the internet transmission did mention the name of the plant or at least part of it), or not, unlike many others who seemed sure Weaver was killing her own workers. The episode right after, we saw the drone being recovered by someone not working for Weaver (or not any more at least, but it did increase my suspicion the plant wasn't Weaver's at all), and the one after that the guy Sarah shot turned up alive and he was taking orders from someone. I was pretty sure after that, that Weaver was not involved (other than to kill them).

    I think the problem is that there is a great reluctance among parts of the audience to view/consider Weaver as anything but an evil terminator. She has killed a lot, but still, her actions as a whole remain ambiguous as to what her eventual goal is.
     
  9. David cgc

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    I assumed the factory was part of Weaver's operation, but I've been fairly certain that she and Skynet were working at cross-purposes ever since Skynet tried to assassinate (and replace, in Ellison's case) two of her key team-members.
     
  10. Deamon

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    John Henry may have been talking about his own code. He did say he and the other AI share parts of their codebase, that's why he referred to it as his brother. The only other system I can think of that contained at least part of the same code as John Henry is the Turk 1.0, which Sarah torched.

    Andy Goode worked at Cyberdyne, so that's how code bearing comments from Miles Dyson ended up in John Henry. Recognizing the kinship with his 'brother', John Henry went over his own original source code, and found the comment.