From the opening scenes in the original The Terminator movie, we get a glimpse of a future world gone mad, where machines have taken over and humans run for cover, in fear for their lives, as they are chased by different types of machines. We see flying machines shooting at fleeing humans, while robotic tanks crush hundreds of human skulls under their massive treads. Eventually we learn that this bleak future world of 2029 is controlled by a network of sentient machines, called Skynet, that are bent on the destruction of the human race. As a way to stop the human race’s demise, a human is sent back in time to keep the future from unfolding.
Unfortunately for the protagonist in the movie, a Terminator is also sent back to stop our hero from succeeding. The Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, appears human, but we learn he is a cyborg, basically a thinking machine covered in skin. The great unveiling comes at a point in the movie when the Terminator is hurt, and needs to “fix” his eye. During that scene (which you can watch, below), he dons a pair of Gargoyle sunglasses to hide his grotesque robotic eye, and keeps them on for the duration of the movie. In fact, the Terminator and his glasses are so linked in people’s minds that they often think he was wearing them from the very beginning of the film.
Today’s remarkable find are the Original SCREEN USED Terminator (1984) sunglasses:
According to the listing, there were two sets of glasses used during the movie:
“One pair that was used was the regular Gargoyles sunglasses, the other pair was used on animatronic puppet of Arnold Schwarzenegger, this pair was MODIFIED to be used during the “motel/mirror scene” This modified pair is completely darkened to cover the robotic endoeye, so it would not be visible. These SCREEN USED T1 Gargoyles sunglasses come with Certificate of Authenticity issued by the stunt crew member ( Tony Cecere ) who acquired the these sunglasses after filming. These sunglasses are numbered with proprietary invisible ink.”
We found an interesting video on YouTube.com that shows the “motel/mirror scene” referred to above. It comes at about 1:36 of the video:
Well, we read an article from The New York Times, entitled How Many Computers to Identify a Cat? 16,000, which gave us this illuminating piece of data:
“Inside Google’s secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain. “
The simulation of the human brain is run on a network of 16,000 computers, and the article goes on to report how this machine-based neural network taught itself to recognize cats. If you need 16,000 computers to recognize cats, how many computers do you need to recognize humans? And how many to become sentient?
Let’s just hope Google sticks to its “do no evil” mantra, and doesn’t suddenly decide to call the network “Skynet.”
[Editor's note: thanks to Alex for providing the link to the NYT article]