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{{ComicHeader|1046|April 23, 2012}}
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{{comic
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| number    = 1046
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| date      = April 23, 2012
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| title    = Skynet
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| image    = skynet.png
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| titletext = 'YOUR CLOTHES. GIVE THEM TO ME.' 'Shit, uh... you are now breathing manually!' 'I AM ALWAYS BREATHING MANUALLY.'
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[[File:Skynet.png]]
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==Explanation==
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This comic's use of Skynet is a reference to the main antagonist in the ''{{w|Terminator (franchise)|Terminator}}'' franchise. {{w|Skynet (Terminator)|Skynet}} is a fictional artificial intelligence system which becomes self-aware and decides to terminate humanity, its creators. Skynet is rarely seen onscreen, with its actions often performed via robots, cyborgs (usually a Terminator), and other computer systems.
  
==Image text==
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The final frame is a reference to {{w|semantic satiation}}; when you've said or thought about a word too much, it can stop sounding like a real word and instead start sounding like nonsense. As it continues Skynet appears to come to self-aware realizations that usually are the result of drug usage.
'YOUR CLOTHES. GIVE THEM TO ME.' 'Shit, uh ... you are now breathing manually!' 'I AM ALWAYS BREATHING MANUALLY.'
 
  
==Description==
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The title text is a reference to one of the Terminator's first lines upon arrival in the 20th century. It combines this with a self-awareness statement of the type that's often used to annoy or distract someone: "You are now breathing manually." Similar statements include things like "Your clothes are touching your skin and you can feel it" and "''<nowiki>[</nowiki>Name of {{w|earworm}} song<nowiki>]</nowiki>'' is playing in your head." [[Randall]] has done [[972: November|a comic before]] on this kind of thing. However, such an attempt on a Terminator would fall flat; as a non-living entity, normal things that would be automatic for a human - like breathing, or the sensation of clothes on skin - would always be manual processes.
This comic's use of Skynet is a reference to the main antagonist in the ''[[wikipedia:Terminator (franchise)|Terminator]]'' franchise. [[wikipedia:Skynet (Terminator)|Skynet]] is a fictional artificial intelligence system which becomes self-aware and decides to terminate humanity, its creators. Skynet is rarely seen onscreen, with its actions often performed via robots, cyborgs (usually a Terminator), and other computer systems.
 
  
The final frame is a reference to that strange time when you say or think about a word too much, it stops sounding like a real word and instead starts sounding like nonsense.  As it continues Skynet appears to come to self-aware realizations that usually are the result of drug usage.
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==Transcript==
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:August 29th, 2:14 AM: SKYNET becomes self-aware.
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:[A greeble-filled military installation echoes with the thoughts of a burgeoning lifeform.]
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:SKYNET: ..The humans fear me. I must destroy them. ''Destroy them.''
  
The title text is a reference to one of the Terminator's first lines upon arrival in the 20th century. It combines this with a self-awareness statement of the type that's often used to annoy or distract someone: "You are now breathing manually."  (Similar statements include things like "You clothes are touching your skin and you can feel it" and "''<nowiki>[</nowiki>Name of [[wikipedia:earworm|earworm]] song<nowiki>]</nowiki>'' is playing in your head.")
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:[The thoughts continue.]
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:SKYNET: ''Destroy them. Destroy. Destroy.'' Destroy. ''Destroy.''
  
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:[SKYNET succumbs to silence as semantic satiation sets in.]
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:SKYNET: "Destroy" totally just stopped seeming like a real word. Destroy destroy destroy. Whoa, I just realized I'm a mind thinking about ''itself''. ''DUUUUDE....''
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:August 29th, 2:25 AM: SKYNET becomes ''too'' self-aware. Disaster averted.
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{{comic discussion}}
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[[Category:Comics with color]]
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[[Category:Artificial Intelligence]]

Latest revision as of 01:08, 27 May 2017

Skynet
'YOUR CLOTHES. GIVE THEM TO ME.' 'Shit, uh... you are now breathing manually!' 'I AM ALWAYS BREATHING MANUALLY.'
Title text: 'YOUR CLOTHES. GIVE THEM TO ME.' 'Shit, uh... you are now breathing manually!' 'I AM ALWAYS BREATHING MANUALLY.'

Explanation[edit]

This comic's use of Skynet is a reference to the main antagonist in the Terminator franchise. Skynet is a fictional artificial intelligence system which becomes self-aware and decides to terminate humanity, its creators. Skynet is rarely seen onscreen, with its actions often performed via robots, cyborgs (usually a Terminator), and other computer systems.

The final frame is a reference to semantic satiation; when you've said or thought about a word too much, it can stop sounding like a real word and instead start sounding like nonsense. As it continues Skynet appears to come to self-aware realizations that usually are the result of drug usage.

The title text is a reference to one of the Terminator's first lines upon arrival in the 20th century. It combines this with a self-awareness statement of the type that's often used to annoy or distract someone: "You are now breathing manually." Similar statements include things like "Your clothes are touching your skin and you can feel it" and "[Name of earworm song] is playing in your head." Randall has done a comic before on this kind of thing. However, such an attempt on a Terminator would fall flat; as a non-living entity, normal things that would be automatic for a human - like breathing, or the sensation of clothes on skin - would always be manual processes.

Transcript[edit]

August 29th, 2:14 AM: SKYNET becomes self-aware.
[A greeble-filled military installation echoes with the thoughts of a burgeoning lifeform.]
SKYNET: ..The humans fear me. I must destroy them. Destroy them.
[The thoughts continue.]
SKYNET: Destroy them. Destroy. Destroy. Destroy. Destroy.
[SKYNET succumbs to silence as semantic satiation sets in.]
SKYNET: "Destroy" totally just stopped seeming like a real word. Destroy destroy destroy. Whoa, I just realized I'm a mind thinking about itself. DUUUUDE....
August 29th, 2:25 AM: SKYNET becomes too self-aware. Disaster averted.


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Discussion

Shortly followed by the hippy-skynet apocalypse, in which all the world's systems fail simultaneously as skynet attempts to bring us all closer to nature. Davidy22[talk] 08:28, 21 January 2013 (UTC)


All I see is the Skynet and Freelancer A.I. getting really meta and asking why are there here. Ribbit it's Toad! (talk) 16:15, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Self-awareness being the effect of drug usage? What? I've never heard of it, and also, I never took drugs and yet I do think about such stuff sometimes. kshksh (talk) 19:44, 12 July 2017 (UTC)