In 1984, Canadian movie director James Cameron imagined a world in which computers achieved self-awareness and set about systematically destroying humankind.
Skynet, the Terminator series computer network, was to go live in 2011 and bring the world to an end.
Of course, we have just survived 2011 without such a cataclysmic event. And the closest we got to computers achieving self-awareness was Apple's Siri. It does not promise self-awareness per se, but does promise to listen and to learn—and hopefully not systematically destroy us.
From BBC News
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