What is NextGen?
NextGen is an aviation system being developed by the FAA. NextGen will take all aviation controls to a satellite based system rather than a ground based. It will allow airplanes to fly closer together "safely" and plot more direct courses from point A to point B. The satellite system of NextGen is being developed with the FAA the Military and NASA. Will the Military and Government want to use this new system for a weapons and defense system? The chances of that are extremely high.
This NextGen system will not only be used for the commercial aviation system but also it will be used to control Unmanned Aircraft for the military, all Unmanned Aircraft have weapons and NextGen will essentially have full control over them.
What is Skynet?
For those of you who have not seen the Terminator movies, Skynet is the primary antagonist in the story. It was developed by the Military as a satellite based weapons defense system, in the early 21st century it became self aware and saw the humans as a threat to its existence and set off a nuclear attack, known in the story as "Judgment Day". It has complete control over the systems and attacks the humans with other computer systems and robots called "Terminators" the only reason they are called this is because they're names are "T-101" "T-600" "T-800" etc. and when they kill a human they say they have been "terminated".
So what are the similarities?
NextGen will have control over the aviation systems and the unmanned Military aircraft weapons systems, Skynet had control over weapons systems as well.
NextGen is a satellite based system, Skynet was a satellite based system.
NextGen is being developed by the FAA, NASA and all the branches of the Military, Skynet was developed by the Military as well.
NextGen is supposed to make everything better, so was Skynet.
We are already coming so far into our technology that we have the ability to make software and robots that can think for themselves and be self aware. What's next for our technology? Are all these factors going to spell the end for man? Are we going to be taken over by the very innovation and technology that we hold so dear to us?
So I'm gonna leave it up to you to decide. Is NextGen going to be the future Skynet? Is this the brink of the end for mankind? Nobody truly knows until the future comes...
Edited by AngelsShadow, 18 January 2010 - 11:05 PM.