Skynet Has Arrived: Will Ubiquitous Connectivity via Mobile and Distributed Computing Give Us Convenience or the Terminator?


What would John Connor, son of Sarah Connor, hero of the resistance in the “Terminator” movie series, say about the Internet of things, the ubiquity of mobile devices, the fact that we almost ran out of IP addresses, software that updates itself, and other signs of the coming computer apocalypse?  

He would probably tell us to pull the plug, quickly!  

Beyond the nightmare scenario of the “Terminator” films, what are the implications of quality, and lack of quality, for the now-real situation that everything is connected to everything else?  Will it be Neuromancer, “Terminator,” androids dreaming of electric sheep, or something more benign?  Join us for some fun and interesting speculation and prediction on the future of limitless connectivity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why cyborgs, the Internet of Things, and the singularity are closer than people think – in fact many are already here
  • How these technologies are already changing human beings and human society – and how prepared we are for those changes
  • How typical manufacturing quality (what people are used to) compares to typical software quality.