Miles Dyson, Director of Special Projects at Cyberdyne Systems
Corporation, is the scientist involved in the design of the neural
processor that will become self-aware. When Terminator, Sarah and John
Connors go to his house, he is working on his computer, doing
experiments on the neural net. For a few hundreds of milliseconds, we
see some lines on his computer screen, following zig-zag paths. These
lines represent sequences of neural electrical activities on a
two-dimensional neural layer. They can be obtained by stimulating a
self-organizing neural map (also known as Kohonen's net) with a
continuous stream of input patterns.
To convince Miles Dyson about his identity, Terminator cuts his left
forearm, removes the synthetic skin from it and shows his mechanical
hand, made of bright metal and driven by hydraulic actuators. This is
one of the hottest scenes of the movie. I cried for the excitement
when I saw it.
A personal note
Terminator is a very sophisticated robot compared with our current
technology. He can walk, talk, perceive and behave like a human
being. His power cell supplies energy for 120 years, and an alternate
power circuit provides fault tolerance in case of damage. But, what's
more important, Terminator can learn. His neural processor is so
complex that it begins to learn with exponential rate and, after a
while, it becomes self-aware!
Sometimes people ask me: "Can ever a machine become self-aware?"
In my opinion, the correct question should be: "when is it going
Although the answer to this question is not easy, I attempted
to address the problem. If you are interested in this topic, please