The components to create artificial life in man's own image now exist. The human genome has been mapped. The world is chock full o'possibilities.
If Gabriel is still alive somewhere in the stars, the ArkAngel may decide to return to Earth to finish humans off, or at least set the clock back a couple of thousand years. Speculation? Admittedly so. But unlike Arnold, Gabriel hasn't been quoted as saying "I'll be back."
If someone somewhere is busy distilling information gathered from The Dream Factory and then feeds it into a computer network or system along with nanotechnology (Nanobioscience as it is being developed at CNSE in Albany NY) , robotics and Hawking's brain... we are at the gates of the first "terminator" movie, where machines become self-aware. Think of that computer that appeared as a contestant on "Jeopardy" - pumped on steroids and high on bath salts. Invincible.
The image of the cat below (from the NYT article by John Markoff) is not found on the internet. It is the image that emerged in the mind of the AI. This is what Google's neural network "thinks" it "saw."
The research mentioned in this abstract will be presented later this week. It is more than a simulation life as the kind existing in "The Matrix." It is real and it is now..
The neural network taught itself to recognize cats, which is actually no frivolous activity. This week the researchers will present the results of their work at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Google scientists and programmers will note that while it is hardly news that the Internet is full of cat videos, the simulation nevertheless surprised them. ~ The New York Times