652: More Accurate

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More Accurate
We live in a world where there are actual fleets of robot assassins patrolling the skies. At some point there, we left the present and entered the future.
Title text: We live in a world where there are actual fleets of robot assassins patrolling the skies. At some point there, we left the present and entered the future.

[edit] Explanation

This comic refers to the Terminator series, in which a super-intelligent machine from the future time travels back in time to kill Sarah Connor.

However, we currently have "robots" (actually vehicles controlled remotely by people) that are able to attack specific locations and targets. Originally, UAV were only used for surveillance and reconnaissance. But, now more than ever, they are used for attacks. One thing that keeps us short of a Terminator scenario is that most of the unmanned aerial vehicles are either pre-programmed or flown remotely by members of the military, and are not left to their own devices.

The last panel shows a Predator, heavily used for offensive operations by the USAF and the CIA in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The title text depicts that we have entered a new era; Cueball (or Kyle Reese) with his shotgun has no chance to protect Sarah.

Similar buildup and Terminator reference are to be found in 1177: Time Robot.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball with a shotgun approaches a woman.]
Cueball: Sarah! Come with me if you want to live! A robot assassin has been sent here to kill you!
[Sarah holds her hands over her mouth.]
Cueball: I'm here to save you. I may not be as strong or fast as a machine, but I'll fight to keep you-
[There's a huge orange and yellow explosion. The two are disintegrated.]
BOOM
[A flying robot assassin is above the bomb site.]
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Discussion

MOST? You mean some aren't?

Our current level of artifical intelligence research is not really far and I doubt anyone would be trying to advance it inside armed machines. -- Hkmaly (talk) 09:03, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Do you just not notice the high volume of news literature on the current state of drones? The Atlantic wrote a long feature about it recently. --Quicksilver (talk) 18:58, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

The current level of our artificial intelligence research is high enough for Google to be testing driverless cars on the streets of the Bay Area. Given that, I'm sure the military is at least testing autonomous drones. Dawfedora (talk) 16:38, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

As far as I knew, we already have autonomous drones, but there's a law that requires that a human must pull the trigger. 108.162.212.196 23:37, 6 January 2014 (UTC)
At every moment of life we leave the present to enter the future...--108.162.229.44 18:38, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
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