January 04, 2005


Skynet and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Nick, certainly, has a lot to say about Skynet.

Posted by hyperstition at January 4, 2005 05:08 AM




Have you heard about the robots that power themselves by eating flies?


Posted by: DigitalDjigit at January 4, 2005 05:46 AM



Understand Undercurrent's 'net-centric-warfare' comment much better now - sweet dream everyone

Posted by: nick at January 4, 2005 07:30 AM



There's something so fantastically and preposterously innocent about the opening lines: "You'd think that the Department of Defense would heed the warning in the Terminator movies and try not to build anything like Skynet ..." [As if Skynet would let them stop]

Posted by: nick at January 5, 2005 01:51 PM



Think this guy goes off the rails by sticking too closely to the most diversionary aspect of the Skynet scenario - viz, nuclear Armaggedon. EMP is the last thing an electronic intelligence grid wants to play around with. The actual military trend is much more intriguing: precision, forensic targeting, warhead miniaturization, surgical warfare and robotic tactical predator machines within the general context of counter-insurgency operations. Biotechnical elements might also be expected to play a much more important role. The Thing ('Skynet' (a qabbalistically unconvincing term)) might not be soft, but it is certainly extremely exact.

Posted by: nick at January 5, 2005 03:46 PM



>The actual military trend

Takfirobotics, perhaps?

(sorry, in flippant mode for a few days now..)

Posted by: u/c at January 7, 2005 12:09 PM




AQ 80 = N.O.X. = CHINA = IPV6 = KODE9

Posted by: northanger at January 7, 2005 12:15 PM



Nuclear armageddon is decidely the diversionary control tactic to move us away from other potentialities. Skynet technologies are likely to evapourate into nanotech/bacterial/pheromonal/mycological control and monitoring processes, via vapourware, immuno-engineering and quantum telecoms. Dissidents will die Bang-utot style in their beds with no warning or Commissar breaking down the door. Utter precision down to the micro-biological scale and beyond. Utter invisibility, utter malignancy, well, for those who do not decontaminate, (if they know what they can decontamiate from). Or at the very least change networks, after all control eschatologies, i.e. what we are are talking about, have a tendency to multipicity, esp. after it becomes apparent what the overarching imperialial vectors are, were, or indeed will be. The emergent intelligences will manage to operate, in a insurgent sense, typical of a controlless environment. But there is definately no sense in a predator killing it all of its own preystock, any renomadised state war machine must stay active.

Posted by: -vecyklonik at January 8, 2005 03:08 AM



-vecyklonik - complete agreement from me, we're definitely reading off the same page.
This also very insightful point: "no sense in a predator killing it all of its own preystock" -'Skynet' in one aspect a 'viral parasite' taking over the production resources that are today nominally controlled by human political institutions of all types, scales and degrees of formality.
If nukes get used, most likely to be a desperate human defensive reaction, or some kind of elaborate and tightly circumscribed diversionary tactic

Posted by: nick at January 8, 2005 03:27 AM



Don't know if anyone still checks the comment boxes for the older posts, but I thought I should add this incase nobodies seen it.


HKs are a go.

Posted by: jd at January 24, 2005 03:13 PM



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