In the 'Terminator' universe, Skynet was built as a Global Digital Defense Network, an artificial intelligence that could command all computerized military hardware. The military installed Skynet because it would remove human error and guarantee faster, more efficient reaction time. It also guaranteed nuclear armageddon when it gained self-awareness and forced the surviving humans into slave labor. So that part was bad. But the first thing, the network command of all computerized hardware, that was a good thing, right?
Hey, guess what, everybody! That first thing is starting to happen, and its name is RoboEarth! And just in case you're worried, that name refers to uniting all the robots on Earth in a peaceful "learning experience" and does not conjure up images of a robot revolution at all.
Geekologie alerted us to the impending doom: "Scientists have developed a network that autonomous robots can use to send and obtain directions on how to perform various tasks." Basically, it's like an Internet for robots to share and download information, much like the way humans share torrents of season 1 of 'The Walking Dead.' However, while you are wasting time watching said TV show, the robots are sharing strategic information as efficiently as possible.
Scientists have tested this new program on their robot, the TechUnited AMIGO, which was able to successfully and autonomously download all information on how to pick up and serve a bottle of water to a person, then carry out that exact activity.
Yes, we know that's not the same thing as the Terminator, but if there's one advantage humans possess over the robots, it's causing a totally irrational panic. It's not long before we go from this: