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James Cameron: I warned you all about Artificial Intelligence with The Terminator
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James Cameron: I warned you all about Artificial Intelligence with The Terminator

James Cameron: I warned you all about Artificial Intelligence with The Terminator
Photo: © ANP

James Cameron has provided his opinion of the current Artificial Intelligence debate.

At the moment, writers and actors are striking in the United States of America at the same time since the 1960s. One of the major reasons for the strike is the emergence of AI and how it could replace the work of writers and actors.

GhatGPT, for example, can generate screenplays, while studios are looking to use technology to replicate an actor's face so that they don't need to continue paying them.

For the writing debate, at least, Cameron isn't concerned that an AI can replicate the emotion of a human.

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"It's never an issue of who wrote it, it's a question of, is it a good story?" he told CTV News.

"I just don't personally believe that a disembodied mind that's just regurgitating what other embodied minds have said - about the life they've had, about love, about lying, about fear, about mortality - and just put it all together into a word salad and then regurgitate it. I don't believe that has something that's going to move an audience.

"Let's wait 20 years, and if an AI wins an Oscar for Best Screenplay, I think we've got to take them seriously."

In one of the biggest movies of the summer, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, the main villain of the piece is an AI known as 'The Entity'.

Terminator warned against the emergence of AI

In the Terminator series, the Artificial Intelligence system Skynet becomes self-aware and instigates a nuclear war in order to wipe out the human race.

In Cameron's opinion, his movies were a clear warning about the emergence of AI, especially when nuclear weapons enter the discussion.

"I warned you guys in 1984, and you didn't listen," he insisted.

"I think the weaponisation of AI is the biggest danger. I think that we will get into the equivalent of a nuclear arms race with AI, and if we don't build it, the other guys for sure are going to build it, and so then it'll escalate.

"You could imagine AI in a combat theatre, the whole thing just being fought by the computers at a speed humans can no longer intercede, and you have no ability to de-escalate."

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