On the very day that Terminator Genisys premiered on the big screen, a Financial Times reporter who bears almost the same name as a leading character in the movie unintentionally found herself at the receiving end of a Twitter explosion.
Twitter user Sarah O’ Connor simply tweeted about a recent unfortunate death involving a robot at a Volkswagen factory. ?She said,
“A robot has killed a worker in a VW plant in Germany http://www.ft.com/fastft/353721?”
Upon seeing her name and taking a cue as if this tweet heralded the beginning of Judgment Day (in the movie this is when a robotic AI begins nuclear bombardment of every continent on the planet), thousands of fans of the post-apocalyptic science fiction movies were quick to cajole her about Skynet, John Connor and the end of the world.
Her responses illustrate how she was caught completely off guard.
“Ok. I should have thought of my name and its implications before tweeting this!”
“Sigh. I’ve never even watched the films. Now my feed is full of people tweeting me about Skynet.”
“Guys, I don’t know what Skynet is. And I wouldn’t follow me – I tweet really boring stuff about unit wage costs and the like.”
In the Terminator movie franchise, Sarah Connor stands as the overly cautious mother, woman-at-arms and survival mentor of her son John Connor who eventually leads the Human Resistance against Skynet, an artificial intelligence that reduces the world to ashes on Judgment Day. The fifth and latest installment, Terminator Genisys, premiered last July 1, 2015 and features Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones as Sarah Connor and the iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger as a remodeled T-800.
A day before the movie premiere, a robot killed a 22-year old worker at a Volkswagen plant in Baunatal, Germany. He was assembling the robot when it suddenly grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate, causing fatal injuries. He died shortly after in a hospital.
Although the Twittersphere had quite a good laugh about it, O’Connor felt a bit uncomfortable that the whole thing had become a joke given the fact that?someone had died and encouraged sobriety.
Accidents involving robotic machinery resulting in human casualties are rare. As a matter of criminal procedure in cases of non-natural death in Germany, an investigation is underway to rule out any foul play.