Arnold Schwarzenegger To Appear In WWE 2K 2016

Famous wrestling video game franchise for the WWE has always been a popular series of titles, from the early WWF Smackdown for the PS1 to today’s crop of high-resolution wrestlers for the current selection of next generation consoles. One thing which does frustrate me with the notion of these games is the accompanied DLC which holds back a chunk of wrestlers which have to be purchased separately.

Anyway, for the recently announced 2016 game by developers Visual Concepts and Yuke’s, they might have slightly veered of track, with the confirmation that the player will be able to choose Arnold Schwarzenegger as a wrestler within the title. Yep Arnie has been connected with WWE having most recently appeared via promo within the Triple H entrance at Wrestlemania 31. But I don’t remember him appearing as the two playable characters which will be a T-800, one from the original 1984 film and another from 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Both characters will be available exclusively to those who pre-order WWE 2K16 from retailers such as Amazon or any other major retailer accepting pre-orders. All we now need is Robocop and players can have a wrestling style Cyborg Royal Rumble with the winner enslaving or saving humanity.

WWE 2K16 will be back on PS3. PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in North America on October 27, followed by its international release on October 30.

This game will be minus Hulk Hogan after the ‘you know what’ word controversy.

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Hawking Amongst People Who Call For Ban On Autonomous Weapons

Terminator, Matrix, lots of movies have the same plot, weapons which have very little or no control and they go haywire before finally taking over the world. I mean come on, even Power Rangers went and did the plot!

Now some of the biggest names in the world, Steven Hawkings and Steve Wozniak amongst them, have called for action to be taken to prevent automated weapons. That is, things like drones which match your face to a picture and then order a missile strike, all without a person pressing a single button.

Amongst the concerns raised are things such as an “AI arms race”, creating a generation of weapons which could act and expand, with everything from assassinations to terrorist acts being planned and conducted without anyone’s knowledge. While this letter stretches the definition of automated devices, the benefits exist in things such as robotics which can react to medical needs as soon as they appear.

With discussions going all the way to the United Nations, a ban on automated weapons could be getting closer. With big voices such as Steven Hawking speaking out against a danger that could end the world as we know it in a very short space of time.

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Google Play Now Allows Pre-Registration for Upcoming Content

Soon after the latest update reached Google Play Store application, it started allowing customers to Pre-register for certain apps and games. Terminator Genisys: Revolution by Glu Mobile is the first one to witness the change. Pre-Registering upcoming content like games or app confirms that you’ll be notified on your Android device the second they’re available to download. It might also be helpful for developers to know the demand of the content in the market.

The app’s landing page has all the details one would expect, including a video, screenshots and a description except release date, price, device compatibility, country restriction. These titles have a Pre-register button where the Buy / Install / Update button is usually present. Pre-registering is not a paid service, it’s just notification service which will let you know when the content is ready to download. You can unregister and remove yourself from the list to be notified by tapping the button again.

This will prevent posting of app listing with no device compatibility on the Play Store; this is quite a sensible change. What is your opinion on this step? Were you expecting this or is it just some useless feature? Let us know in the comments section.

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Chinese Scientists Invent Liquid Metal Machines That Move by ‘Eating’ Substances

Chinese scientists from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the medical school of Tsinghua University have reportedly invented liquid metal machines that can change shape similar to the T-1000 robot in the Terminator 2 movie by ‘eating’ substances.

The machines are stated to ‘eat’ small pieces of aluminium and move spontaneously in various solutions and structured channels for more than an hour at a speed of 5 centimeters per second.

“The biomimetic mollusk is highly self-adaptive and closely conforms to the geometrical space it is in,” scientists wrote.

The power for the liquid metal motor comes from the endogenous electric field of liquid alloys, metal and hydrogen generated by the electrochemical reactions. Based on the latter theory, the researchers then developed several liquid metal machines that move in alkalescent, acidic or neutral electrolytes.

“Such liquid metal transformers and locomotors could provide on-demand use given specific designs,” according to the researchers’ paper

Scientists and engineers alike share the dream of advanced intelligent machines that are flexible and are able to spontaneously shape-shift, therefore real-world application possibilities granted from the prototypes developed by the Chinese researchers are infinite.

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The First Trailer to Terminator: Genisys is Here, Arnie Promised He’d Be Back

The Terminator franchise has been pretty dead for a while, with the craptastic Terminator: Salvation, and the barely better Terminator: Rise of the Machines, but now it is really back, with a kind of reboot, kind of tie in with The Terminator and Terminator 2 in the form of Terminator: Genisys.

The trailer for the new movie, can be found below:

Yeah, it doesn’t look half bad, doesn’t it? It has time travel elements that see them revisiting some of the locations from The Terminator, as well as a new T-1000 that seems to be wrecking havok wherever he goes. I’m pretty excited for this, what about you?

Schwarzenegger Returning For New Terminator Trilogy!

“I’ll be back,” never have truer words been spoken, ok maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but damn! Arnie is a man of his words. The legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger is indeed back to reprise his role as the Terminator in another trilogy in this iconic franchise.

Paramount has confirmed that the trilogy will start with next year’s Terminator: Genisys and will be followed by a second film on May 19th 2017 and a final part on June 29th in 2018. The production company has the rights to the movie until 2019, at which point they will revert back to James Cameron, although it’s obviously unclear if anything is planned beyond that point.

The new movie was always planned as a trilogy, but it makes sense that the current production company would like to cash in as hard as possible on the movies before their time runs out in 2019. Arnie is on board for the first one, but I’m uncertain about his involvement in the next two, although they would be crazy not to keep him around given his iconic place in the franchise.

The new movie hits cinemas on July 1st, 2015.

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Forget the T-800, MIT and Google’s Boston Dynamics Are Said To Work on T-1000 Robots

There have been talk of future robots resembling the T-800 model from the Terminator series for some time now. Yet, no company has even arrived close to a design, yet alone a prototype of such a robot. While we won’t see any T-800’s running around anytime soon, we might see some versions similar to the T-1000. At least that is what MIT and Google’s Boston Dynamics are aiming to build.

Reports say that a team at MIT has discovered how to make a phase-changing material composed out of a mixture of wax and foam, having it change states from hard to soft at any given time. The researchers even state that thanks to the cheap materials and easy-to-make mixture, it can be used in a variety of robotics, spanning from common autonomous vacuum cleaners to high-tech advanced and complex robots.

The material has been stated to be the work of Anette Hosoi, a mechanical engineer and applied mathematics professor. She and her team, including her former graduate student Nadia Cheng, stated that the material could be used in a variety of fields, such as medical robots that can deform and change shape in order to navigate internal organs and vessels to perform delicate surgery. Other uses include rescue robots, having to navigate through collapsed structures in order to find and rescue survivors.

While the MIT has developed the material, it is said that Boston Dynamics is in charge of making the entire project, having it initially designed to contribute to Darpa’s Chemical Robots program aimed at developing robots with octopus-like abilities that are able to squeeze into small spaces. Therefore, the engineering team came up with the wax and foam idea, having the wax heated up with current running through a wire in the structure in order to make it malleable. A bonus to this technique is the material’s ability to ‘repair’ itself.

Having the wax material heated up, all deformations suffered while in the hardened state are said to repair themselves when in the soft state, just like the T-1000 robot from the Terminator movies, having the material recover from surface and even deeper damage. The researchers are said to now focus on finding a new material to replace the wax, having solder as a strong candidate. If the latter will prove to be true, then T-1000 models are not far away.

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Google Try Stop Terminator from Coming Back to Kill Larry & Sergey

Google and their plans for world domination are not exactly rare subjects in the news, but when our Google overlords do finally create a human crushing army of robots worthy of the Terminator franchise, at least Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have a slightly increased chance of not being wiped out.

With Google’s robots.txt file now being 20 years old, it looks like they’ve gone and added another search engine function to by adding the file Killer-Robots.txt in the event of a robotic Armageddon that results in a T-1000 or T-800 robot coming back through time to kill Larry or Sergey. Not that I’m sure a .txt file would be enough to stop a T-1000, that dude was pretty determined to kill John Connor.

The Robot.txt file now reads:

“User-Agent: T-1000
User-Agent: T-800
Disallow: /+LarryPage
Disallow: /+SergeyBrin”

It’s a nerdy joke, no doubt about it, but I bet Google Chairman Eric Schmidt feels a little hurt that no one in the company thought to protect him from SkyNet.

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New Terminator Trilogy And Terminator TV series To Start Production Next Year

Hollywood movie studio Paramount has commissioned that three new Terminator movies will be released as a stand-alone trilogy. Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed his return to the franchise in the upcoming Terminator movie, which begins shooting in January 2014. Deadline reports that Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures, and Paramount Pictures will release the first instalment on June 26th, 2015.

Arnold revealed his participation with the following statement: “I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator.”, but the studios have yet to confirm Arnold’s involvement in the trilogy. They will need to work quickly; the rights to the franchise will revert to James Cameron in 2019, suggesting two additional Terminator films will hit theaters in a four-year period. The trilogy will be produced by siblings David Ellison and Megan Ellison (son and daughter of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison), whose previous work includes World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Zero Dark Thirty.

In addition to rebooting the Terminator series into a brand-new trilogy, Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are developing a TV series that will add to the revived movie franchise. According to Deadline, the show is being written in conjunction with the first film of the new trilogy, set for release in June 2015. While plot details are scarce, the series will reportedly follow a critical moment from the original Terminator, but will go down a different narrative path.

The Terminator was last seen on TV only five years ago in the short-lived Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. For this outing, the companies involved want to create a universe reminiscent of what Marvel has recently done with its films and fan-favorite Agents of SHIELD, with storylines that intersect across mediums. Arnold Schwarzenegger has already signed on for the next film, though there is no word on if he’ll make his way to the small screen for this project.

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