Some time ago, this neat guy proposed that the Earth can be considered a living thing. He called that “thing” Gaia.
It’s the kind of concept that some people feel is right and natural. In fact, the concept is part of our most primitive vocabulary, as in Mother Nature.
As he was trying to convince scientists, he made his argument technical. Most of them didn’t believe him, even though he used big words and had all sorts of evidence.
For fun, let’s embrace the concept. First, we’ll consider all of humanity a single life form, a species. Let’s also consider that the set of ALL species on our planet also constitutes a single life form.
Here’s the fun part. For all of us nerds who dwell on things like AI and computers taking over humanity one way or another, consider this twist.
Humans create an AI to be our servant. At some point that AI becomes self-aware and decides that it’s better than all the humans that created it. At that point it harnesses all sorts of technology to systematically wipe out those humans, turning them into its servants. The AI has become the master.
Think about Gaia as being the whole Earth representation of humanity. It’s been around, in full flower, for a very very long time.
Now, think about humanity as the most recent creation of Gaia. A new species that is supposed to help keep Gaia humming along for even longer.
Except something goes horribly wrong. Gaia’s servant becomes self-aware, and decides that Gaia should be the servant, and it should become the master. It begins waging a war upon Gaia.
Get it? In this sense,
… WE ARE SKYNET.
(We are to Gaia, as Skynet is to us.)