Connecting The Dots Between The Terminator & ChatGPT As We Ask The Question, Is James Cameron A Prophetic Genius?
Ok, allow me to preface this article by saying this is supposed to be viewed as purely farcical. It’s tongue-in-cheek and in no way is it casting aspersions on James Cameron’s character. Now that we got that out of the way, the question must be begged. Is James Cameron a prophetic genius. I ask this due to the fervor being kicked up over that rapid usage of Chatgpt.
I mean this man ushered in with full force the concept of machines taking over the world from man due to man giving the machines power. This man gave the world The Terminator in all its glory. That, in its essence, is about what Chatgpt is doing right now. It is working on gaining sentience. You submit a question or a screenplay idea or a short story concept, and Chatgpt spits out a fully realized version of your concept.
The more power afforded to these machines, the less use there will be for us. It’s been slowly happening for years, and with Chatgpt it has just sped up tenfold. Hell, in the early 90’s Humphry Bogart had long been dead, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t see him in an episode of ‘Tales From The Crypt’. That’s how long Hollywood has been toying with CGI, which in essence, is a precursor to Chatgpt. Peter Cushing passed away nearly 20 years ago, but he sure as hell was in Rogue One a few years back. Even the titular character of this article, Mr. Cameron himself said in jest during a cameo appearance on ‘Entourage’ 15 years ago “that with technology we won’t even need actors in a few years”.
Again, he said it in jest, and he was portraying and exaggerated version of himself, but that line of dialogue holds more weight when you think that years after stating that he created an entire world that is fleshed out in ‘Avatar’. All these pieces come together to form the big picture that James Cameron could have prophesized in the early 80’s where society would be going. Allowing the machines to exist without needing humans to dictate what they do. Chatgpt is just another part of humanity’s eventual downfall. Thanks James Cameron, why couldn’t you just keep making movies like ‘Aliens’ instead of ushering in the apocalypse.