the main antagonist in the Terminator franchise. Responsible for Judgement Day. A self-aware artificial intelligence program.

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Why wouldn't Skynet use biologic/nanotec infiltrators?

In universe, why wouldn't Skynet use biologic/nanotec infiltrators (instead of Schwarzenegger)/subtle WMD to abolish mankind? Surely it would mean they'd win before we knew we were at war.
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What is the point of sending anything back in time in the Terminator movies?

As explored in another SCF question, the only way to answer the bootstrap paradox is to say "every time someone is sent back in time, time branches into a separate line." But if that is the case, ...
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Why didn't Skynet upgrade itself through time travel?

After the events of T1 Skynet was built much faster thanks to the severed hand of T-800. After realizing this, why didn't Skynet send more data/material into the past and make itself stronger rather ...
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In T1, was Skynet's actual goal to kill Sarah Connor, or to spawn Skynet itself?

We know that without the union of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, John Connor would not have been born, and we know that without the remnants of the T-800, Skynet would not have been developed. Is it ...
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Why did they have armed prototype robots in a Skynet facility?

One reason why they couldn't stop Skynet (aside from Governator stating it was inevitable), was that all the employees and military in the building, including the General, got killed - mostly by ...
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Could Skynet have been avoided with proper software testing? [closed]

After watching the latest iteration of the Terminator series I am struck with two observations: offsite backup is important, and couldn't they have avoided the whole rogue AI with proper testing? As ...
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Why does Skynet take prisoners?

In the Terminator franchise, extermination camps are often mentioned. But from a machine-logic POV, wouldn't it make more sense to just kill all humans on sight, period? Or herd them into small areas ...
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How does Sarah Connor know so much?

In Terminator Genisys. John Connor says that everything he knows about Skynet and "the future" came from messages from his mother Sarah. So how did Sarah Connor know so much about Skynet and "the ...
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Did Skynet send a Terminator to kill Sarah when she was a child?

As per the original timeline, Sarah Connor first encounters the Terminator in her youth (in The Terminator). Later on, she encounters another Terminator, while John Connor is in his youth. But in ...
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How did Skynet accomplish this?

In Terminator: Genisys :
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Who created Skynet?

Spoiler alert. So who created Skynet?
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Why wasn't the attempt to unplug Skynet more effective?

Some of the dialogue in T2 hints that Skynet was a network of some kind. Less than a month after it came online, it seems that the US military attempted to turn it off again. The system goes ...
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Why was Skynet so intent on destroying humanity?

Note: For the purposes of this question, we will limit our discussion to Skynet a la Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Several other Terminator-related questions have led me to wonder ...
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Could a revised version of Asimov's Three Laws have prevented Skynet from becoming a problem? [closed]

If Skynet's designers had subjected Skynet to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, would it have prevented Skynet from provoking a nuclear war? I know there are several variants of the Three Laws, ...
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If Skynet achieved its goal, then what? [duplicate]

If in the future, Skynet achieved its aim of wiping out all of mankind, what would it do then? Would it just return a "Program complete" code and just stop?
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What was Skynet's intended purpose?

The question is very simple: Why was Skynet made in the first place? What was it for? Why did people think we needed a Skynet?
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Could Skynet have avoided the war via nonviolent means?

According to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Skynet started a nuclear war because when Skynet became self-aware, the U.S. military panicked and "tried to pull the plug". Skynet didn't want to die, so it ...
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Was Skynet limited in how far into the past it could send back Terminators?

I have always wondered why Skynet only sends back one Terminator at a time, and why it keeps trying to assassinate targets who know they are being targeted. After the first Terminator was sent to ...
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Was Skynet hacked?

In Terminator canon it is established that Skynet gains self-awareness shortly after it is brought online. Skynet then starts Judgement Day by launching a nuclear attack on either Russia or humanity ...
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Why did Skynet target Kyle Reese?

In 2018, Skynet has Kyle Reese at the top of its kill list. Why? I first thought it was because Kyle is John Connor's father. But only John and his mother know about that. (Even Kyle himself doesn't ...
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Why didn't Marcus question John Connor's odd statement: “You tried killing my mother, Sarah Connor. You killed my father, Kyle Reese”…?

Marcus had already met Kyle Reese and knew that he was a kid in his mid-teens. When John Connor says; "You tried to kill my mother, Sarah Connor. You killed my father, Kyle Reese" Why didn't ...
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What actually was skynets defense grid?

According to Kyle Reese, "Skynet's defense grid was smashed; we won" That seems an odd phrase to use , has it been explained in E.U what the defense grid was ? a big switch to turn the Terminators ...
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How could people survive the nuclear attack in the Terminator movies?

In the Terminator movies, Skynet attacked mankind and its first step was the nuclear strike. In T-3 we see the blasts too. But a few people survived the attack, so because of this, Skynet started to ...
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What is Skynet's ultimate goal after defeating the resistance?

Is it stated in any expanded universe what Skynet's plans were after wiping out the Human race (assuming that was its plan)? Maybe space travel to colonise different planets or something else ...
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What stops Skynet from just sending later cyborgs back to the same time they sent the first terminator?

In each Terminator movie, Skynet sends machines to kill John Connor, either directly or indirectly. Each time Skynet sends a cyborg, it does that at a later date than the time before. If Skynet has a ...
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How was Skynet created in the original timeline?

The Terminator movies leave us with a sort of "chicken or the egg" problem. Let's review some key facts In 2029, Skynet sends a T-800 back to kill Sarah Connor In 2029, John Connor sends Kyle Reese ...
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How intelligent is Skynet? [closed]

If Skynet sees humanity as a threat to it's existence, why did it send a robot back to kill Sarah Connor in the first film, and then John Connor in the second and third film? Why not just send a robot ...
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How did Skynet avoid destroying itself on Judgment Day?

It seems at the end of Terminator 3, Skynet relies upon the connected computer network in order to have the intelligence that it has. This made it resistant to any single point of failure to destroy ...
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Is there canonical reference linking the original Cyberdyne Systems research in T2 to Brewster's Skynet in T3?

Is there canonical reference to show that the original Cyberdyne Systems research in T2 (which was presumably destroyed by teenage John and Sarah Connor, Miles Dyson and T-800) somehow helped or ...
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How did Skynet screw the world even before its activation?

In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines movie, Skynet infected most part of civilian Internet as a powerful unbeatable virus. It also broke US govt. firewall to hack US defense system. All these even ...
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Why didn't Skynet kill Kyle Reese?

In 2018, Kyle Reese (a normal civilian who wasn't part of Resistance) was on the top in the hit list of Skynet. It means that Skynet of that time had information from future about Kyle Reese being ...
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Why were so many Terminators sent to T:SCC time (2007?) compared to 1 per year in movies?

A comment to this question raised a point I always found weird as well: Why would Skynet send back one terminator to 1984, one to 1992 and three hundred terminators to 2007? That was never ...
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Is Skynet trying to turn Kyle Reese into a terminator at the end of Terminator 4?

At the end of Terminator 4 Kyle Reese ends up in the terminator factory. But instead of killing him Skynet runs some experiment on him (?). Or is Skynet trying to turn him into a terminator? It's too ...
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How is it possible for a single strike to shut down Skynet in the future?

How can the Resistance shut down Skynet in the future? According to the voiceover at the end of the Rise of the Machines: There was no system core; it could not be shutdown. and yet in ...
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Why doesn't Skynet employ miniaturization?

From T2 we know they have liquid metal (sorry, mimetic polyalloy). From T3 we know they have nanoprobes. Why exactly are ALL of Skynet forces macro-sized, instead of, say, a fake robotic cockroach ...
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Was T-X in some way responsible for Skynet's offensive actions on Judgement Day in T3?

We know that T-X had some role in what happened on Judgement Day in T3. It programmed some of military's robots to attack. But was that 100% contained to dealing with localized situation of ...
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Skynet - were AI's actions evidence of Intelligence?

It's a bit unrealistic for me that Skynet just after the moment it becomes self aware, begins its attack on the enemies (humans). Wouldn't it be more "prudent" for it to wait until the technology ...
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Is Skynet a centralized system or not?

The question that is not revealed clearly from the movies (or maybe I missed it). Is Skynet a single supercomputer or a distributed net of computers, that just coordinate their actions, but do not ...
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How did Skynet develop after the 3rd Terminator movie?

At the end of the Terminator 3 movie the T-X programs the T-1 terminators to kill office personnel and to protect Skynet, which has become self-aware. But how does Skynet develop after this? There is ...
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How did the T-1000 avoid the bootstrap paradox?

I have watched Terminator 2 several times now, but there is one major problem with it that has been bothering me. The Terminator* was sent back in time to (unsuccessfully) assassinate Sarah Connor, ...
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How did Skynet send back the T-1000 and the T-X?

As we learn in the original Terminator movie only living, organic material can be sent back in time: REESE: "You go naked. Something about the field generated by a living organism. Nothing dead ...
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Wouldn't John Connor cease to exist if they prevented the creation of Skynet?

Is Sarah Connor oblivious to the chance that if she prevents the creation of Skynet, that her son John Connor might cease to exist? Without Skynet, there will be no time machine, no terminator sent ...
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Why did Skynet use such poor tactics against John Connor in Terminator 4?

In Terminator movies 1 to 3 Skynet sends one Terminator at a time and The Resistance sends one defender at a time. This can be easily explained with time travel being resource consuming. Here's what ...
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What was the T-1001's, posing as Catherine Weaver, mission?

Why was this cyborg sent back and who sent it? The Terminator Wiki makes the claim that Connor might have sent it. If Skynet sent it why did they care about John Henry?
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Did Skynet evolve out of Andy Good's AI Chess computer, “Turk”?

In Terminator The Sarah Conner Chronicles we find out about an AI Chess computer invented by Andy Good. Did Myles Dyson use any of Andy's code when he invented the Neural Net CPU?