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Machines Are A Much Bigger Threat Now Than When Terminator Came Out, According To James Cameron

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James Cameron seems like a fun guy. In social circles, he's probably going on and on about he virtues of Pandora, a land he plans to explore in the next 11 Avatar movies. And if you bring up his Terminator franchise, he'll quickly remind you that ever since he created the seminal technology-wants-to-kill-us cyber-thriller, things have gotten worse. A lot worse. While promoting the new theme park built around Avatar, Cameron explained why we should hate technology even more in 2017, saying:

I think it's a much more valid threat than it was when Terminator was made in 1984. Now we're facing job displacement due to automation. Everyone's always talking about 'those damn foreigners taking our jobs.' Guess what guys? It's not foreigners, it's robots.

James Cameron, who was speaking to Yahoo Movies, once envisioned a future where mankind went to war with technology, resulting in the birth of the Terminator program. In order to gain the upper hand in the battle, technology actually schemed to send a robot back in time to kill the leader of the human resistance before he'd ever been born. Lethal!

And yet, the Terminator director gets real with his comment that technology is more harmful today... and he brings up a very good point. Instead of hunting down an individual -- or triggering Judgment Day, which still seems far-fetched (for now) -- technology takes away jobs, and our ability to earn salaries. The data backs James Cameron up. In a 2016 article in Financial Times, the U.S. lost 5.6 million manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2010, with 85% of those jobs being chalked up to technological change, and not international trade. Why? Because machines operate for far less money. According to the same article, a human welder earns $25 an hour to do work that a robot can do for the equivalent of $8 and hour.

What a way to promote your new theme park, James Cameron! Truthfully, the Avatar park likely brought a lot of jobs to the Orlando area, as workers had to toil at the director's vision of bringing Pandora to life in real life. Tour a part of the facility in this extensive Disney video below:

Both of James Cameron's massive movie franchises are going to continue. Avatar 2 is expected to hit theaters on December 18, 2020, while Arnold Schwarzenegger recently shared the news that Cameron has new ideas for yet another Terminator movie, which Ahnold would return to lead. Because of course he would. Look for more information on both series on CinemaBlend as news breaks.

Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.