"The Terminator"

Arnold Schwarzenegger: James Cameron’s ‘Terminator’ Predicted Rise of AI

Arnold Schwarzenegger credits James Cameron with seeing the future.

During a recent Q&A with Arnold Schwarzenegger (via People magazine), applauded Cameron’s 1984 film “Terminator” for predicting the rise of artificial intelligence. The actor shared that the ‘Terminator’ storyline essentially “became a reality” thanks to modern technology.

“Today, everyone is afraid of where it’s going to go,” Schwarzenegger said. “And in this movie, in ‘Terminator,’ we talk about machines becoming self-aware and taking over.”

The “Fubar” star continued, “Now, over the decades, it has become a reality. So it’s no longer fantasy or futuristic. He’s here today. And so this is Jim Cameron’s amazing writing.

Schwarzenegger added of the Oscar-winning “Titanic”: “He’s such an amazing writer and he’s such an incredible director, that’s also one of those things that I wish I could take credit for on this film. I can only take credit for the character I played and the way I played him. But I mean, he created this character. He wrote it so well, he wrote the movie so well, and that’s why he’s, you know, the number one director in the world.

Schwarzenegger, who appeared in six of the “Terminator” films, revealed earlier this year that he won’t be returning as the titular assassin. The last appearance in the role of him was for 2019’s “Terminator: Dark Fate”.

“The franchise is not finished. I’m done,” Schwarzenegger said. “I got the message loud and clear that the world wants to move forward with a different theme when it comes to ‘The Terminator.’ Someone must have a great idea… The first three movies were great. Number four (“Salvation”) I wasn’t there because I was governor. So five (“Genisys”) and six (“Dark Fate”) didn’t close the deal as far as I’m concerned. We knew this beforehand because they weren’t written well.