Machines have won: director James Cameron

LOS ANGELES • James Cameron has seen the "enemy" everywhere he goes.

As the director-producer works on rebooting the Terminator franchise that he started in 1984, he has been asked if machines will ever triumph over humans.

"Look around in any airport or restaurant and see how many people are on their phones. The machines have already won. It's just they've won in a different way.

"We are co-evolving with our technology. We're merging. The technology is becoming a mirror to us as we start to build humanoid robots and as we start to seriously build (artificial intelligence) that's our equal," Hollywood Reporter cited him as saying.

"What was science fiction in the 1980s is now imminent. It's coming over the horizon at us. And there's been a resurgence of fear and concern about nuclear weapons and so on. So all of these apocalyptic elements are out there," he said.

On how he managed to draft in former wife Linda Hamilton - who starred in the first two Terminator hit movies - for the sixth edition that is slated for a 2019 release, he said: "I called her up and I said: 'Look, we could rest on our laurels. It's ours to lose, in a sense.

"We created this thing several decades ago. But, here's what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it's done.'"

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2017, with the headline 'Machines have won: director James Cameron'. Subscribe