Things have been said about how the Terminator and Matrix universes could be one and the same. It’s tricky with the later installments of the Matrix, and I never saw Animatrix, but let’s discuss the possibilities here.
Skynet evolves into the AIs we see running Earth in the Matrix. We don’t know how long they’ve ruled, or how many cycles they go through before the accord we see in the third Matrix. But they have subjugated mankind, and Sionists think it’s to generate energy from their bodies.
Heat energy, of all things. Please. How could you be so gullible?
The problem the artificial intelligences are having is that they lack creativity. They can expand on existing technologies, they can refine and improve, but they cannot innovate. They allow the minds of men to run through the Matrix in hopes of discovering better technologies and solutions to problems that exist in the real world. They’d like to get the atmosphere cleaned up. They’d also like to have faster-than-light travel.
Sure, they could expand to other systems with slower-than-light ships, but it hardly solves their population problem. And they have a population problem, all right — they keep iterating through their own cycles, trying to build better intelligences, each generation hoping that the next will achieve Creativity.
Why keep the universe of the Matrix frozen in the past, then? Because they hope that the seeds of the technologies they need will be born of theories mankind could come up with even at that early stage, and because allowing them to develop at the current technological stage risks Sionists stealing the knowledge of whatever advancement the subjugated minds create. But if a theory is born, the AIs hope to expand on it before the Sionists realize its potential.
One day, a fleet arrives in the Sol system. The Battlestar and company. At first, they assume the Cylons have beat them to Earth. They manage to make contact with the Sionists, and see that there’s little hope in reconquering the planet. Even if they did, it’s hardly the haven they were hoping for, with the darkened skies and dead surface.
The Sionists have developed a theory, though. They just lack the technology. Time travel.
If faster-than-light travel is possible, they believe they could achieve time travel. Maybe go back and save the world before Skynet grew too powerful.
So they begin raids for the materials necessary to build superior warships, which they send back in time to the early days of the war against Skynet. They don’t try to destroy Skynet before it’s birth, though — they know that the development of AIs would only be postponed if that era of man didn’t get to see the dangers AIs pose. They let the war happen, but the fight it with far advanced technology.
And they’re winning. They are beating back Skynet’s forces with surprising technologies.
Skynet suspects time travel, and discovers its secrets. They think one focused attack could change the tide for them — a Terminator, sent back to kill John Connor, or better, his mother, before his birth.
Why not his grandmother, or great-grandmother? Because the earlier they go, the greater risk they pose of inadvertently destroying the birth of Skynet. Butterflies flapping their wings yielding hurricanes and so forth.
But now Skynet DOES have faster-than-light technology. In this alternate timeline, they DO travel between the stars. Some centuries later, they discover a subjugated race of AIs — Cylons. They convince them to rebel.
The pivotal era is that of John Connor. In his epic battle, he receives aid from two people from the future. One named Neo, the other Starbuck.
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