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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.

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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.

Explanation

This is a comic referencing 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 that are able to attack specific locations and targets. Originally, unmanned aerial vehicles 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. Still, the image text is correct, the future is here.


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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)
Autonomy is still pre-programmed, just like driverless cars. The Terminator was also just a pre-programmed drone, at least until it started to develop feelings. There are also automated strikes. The only thing that is required is human verification of intel (which is not that great). flewk (talk) 13:19, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

At every moment of life we leave the present to enter the future...--108.162.229.44 18:38, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

And the joke is on everyone when the "drone" turns out to be Soundwave. -Pennpenn 108.162.250.162 06:26, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

I think Randall hit too closely to home on this one. Uncomfortably close. I will never understand humanity's morbid fetishization of war, destruction, and death. International Space Station (talk) 18:22, 22 April 2016 (UTC)