The world of Terminator exists thanks to Skynet (an artificial intelligence system designed for America’s nuclear weapons arsenal) gaining sentience. But we humans are such fragile beings that there are devices much less threatening than a nuclear missile that could destroy us if they gained sentience. And with artificial intelligence in almost every electronic device we own, and 1997 (the fictional date when Skynet gained sentience, barely a month after it was activated) over 20 years ago, we’re due for some sentient killer machines.

Don’t believe me? If you’re reading this article, it’s on a device that’s capable of murdering you in sixty different ways (unless you print hard copies of online articles, of which then we’ll have global warming to worry about). The most innocuous items possess unparalleled killing abilities should something go wrong (or if their built-in artificial intelligence becomes hostile to humans). So here’s a list of everyday devices that you better pray don’t gain sentience – or we’ll suddenly have a mass extinction on our hands.

1) Shower heater

The Guardian in Terminator: Genisys. (Universal Pictures)

The scalding heat might make you look like the Guardian in Terminator: Genisys. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

If the temperature control goes crazy and the water from your shower head suddenly turns into a boiling froth of steaming death, it will hit your whole body at once. Unlike normal burns, where only a localised area of your body gets scalded, its the entire surface of your body that will get boiled at one go. You won’t be able to react quickly enough since the water sprays you all at once, and all that’ll be left of you is human soup should your shower heater gain murderous sentience.

2) Electric kettle

Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys. (Universal Pictures)

It’ll probably be more painful than Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) shooting you in Terminator: Genisys. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

As with the temperature control in your shower heater, the electric kettle can vapourise you with boiling water, by endlessly heating the water in the kettle until it boils over in an angry cascade of heat and pain. Or it could wait until you open the kettle before instantly superheating the water, causing it to gush painfully against your face when you peer in to figure out what that weird hissing sound is. And your electric kettle is probably connected to the power socket, so should some of the boiling water hit that, you’ll be burned and electrocuted. That’s two ways it can kill you!

3) Blender

Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys. (Universal Pictures)

Will you be as wary of blenders as Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) looks in Terminator: Genisys? (Credit: Universal Pictures)

Fans of any horror show will always be treated to that inevitable scene with a bodily appendage and an spinning blender. While that might be an obvious way to cull the human race, think about what would happen if your blender surreptitiously broke off some of its blades into your drink. You probably won’t realise it until you’re on the floor, clutching your throat in agony as a sharp metal piece makes its way through your insides. And since you can’t see what is actually causing that pain, your blender will be able to hide under the guise of innocence for a very, very long time, enabling it to assassinate even more humans.

4) GPS

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Guardian in Terminator: Genisys. (Universal Pictures)

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Guardian following directions in Terminator: Genisys. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

Do you think twice about going where the GPS leads you? Unless it’s asking you to drive into a wall or a lake, you’ll probably follow its advice as long as its leading us to a road. And that’s where the danger lies. If it leads you into oncoming traffic, you’ll be creamed. If it leads you into a vehicle carrying toxic or explosive substances, that’s a lot of people who are going to be creamed. Timed properly, an army of malfunctioning GPS devices could cause more damage than a nuclear missile – with none of that nasty radioactive fallout.

5) Electric shaver

The Guardian in Terminator: Genisys. (Universal Pictures)

Do you think the Guardian needs to shave in Terminator: Genisys? (Credit: Universal Pictures)

This one is obvious enough, and it’s also because we usually want to get rid of the hair that grows on our most vulnerable places, like our necks. And because electric shavers are designed with safety in mind, you need to press the shaver against your body for it to work effectively, unlike manual shavers, where you gently scrape the razor over your skin. So think about it – you’re applying pressure on your neck when your electric shaver goes berserk and saws through you. You’ll be eviscerated in no time.

6) Air-conditioner

Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys. (Universal Pictures)

Sarah Connor drives a car with a fan and no air-conditioning in Terminator: Genisys. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

The problem is that all your air goes through it, so it all needs to do is introduce some toxic substance into your breathing atmosphere. You’ll be slowly but surely murdered as you breathe more and more poison in, and it’ll be a slow but inevitable demise you’re heading for. Not to mention, since the air-conditioner controls our temperature and so many of us sleep in air-conditioned environments, it could cook or freeze us as we sleep – when we are completely helpless. You better hope your air-conditioner likes you.

There you have it!  The machines don’t have to control weapons of mass destruction to destroy us – just the everyday things that we use can bring the human race to its knees. But if you really want to see a dystopia where Skynet is humanity’s greatest foe, check out Terminator: Genisys at Golden Village Cinemas!

And be nice to your air-conditioner.

Source: Universal Pictures