back to article UK launches SKYNET – not a doomsday plot, just shopping for improved satellite comms

After a week when the media sphere has been alive with the wildest claims about AI and its supposed power to wipe out humanity, it may not have been the best time for the UK's Ministry of Defence to launch a £1.5 billion procurement for SKYNET. Still, maybe they didn't get the memo. Closer examination reveals that the …

  1. Wibble 2

    Maybe ask James Cameron where he got the name?

    The Skynet satellite program started in the 1960's and Skynet1A launched in 1969, predating Terminator by 15 years.

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Black Helicopters

      Re: Maybe ask James Cameron where he got the name?

      Could it be that he came across a document containing that name in the back of a taxi?

    2. capitalgossip

      Re: Maybe ask James Cameron where he got the name?

      Or maybe AI and Terminator did come first, and then it sent someone back to the 60's from the future, so the MOD could call it Skynet to start the evolution....

  2. MrMerrymaker

    Why that name?

    AI has the squares worried about Terminators already

    This won't help!

  3. anothercynic Silver badge

    Hey @jake, look!

    *NOW* you get to tell us Brits about how 'Skynet' refers to the MoD satellite network ;-)

  4. ShortLegs

    About 24 years too late

    Whats the fuss? I was the Project Initiator for Skynet 5 back in 1999, as an external consultant for DERA in Farnborough

    No Reg stories about it back then :)

    1. LogicGate Silver badge

      Re: About 24 years too late

      You can always submit them to "on call" or, more likely, "who, me?".

      Looking forward to both your stories and those of my fellow commentards.

      (Edit: Added comma)

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    2. UCAP Silver badge

      Re: About 24 years too late

      Ah-ha - your the person who kept me very busy for quite a few years back in the noughties.

      Have a beer =====>

      In fact - have two!

    3. anothercynic Silver badge

      Re: About 24 years too late

      We wanna hear them all! Spill all that can be spilled under the auspices of the OSA. ;-)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: About 24 years too late

        Constrained by the OSA I’m sure any anecdote will be along the lines of:

        “There was a ◼️◼️◼️◼️◼️ with a ◼️◼️◼️◼️◼️ and meanwhile he came at ◼️◼️ with a giant ◼️◼️◼️◼️.

        Of course, at the time, I was very, very ◼️◼️◼️◼️◼️.”

        (Blow me. Wasn’t expecting this to post. El Reg normally barfs at any unicode characters.)

        1. Michael Strorm Silver badge

          You'll have someone's eye out with that

          That *must* have been a "giant ◼️◼️◼️◼️" if it needed something as big as the Official Secrets Act to cover it up.

  5. dadbot5000

    TBF Skynet is a pretty great name.

    1. ashdav

      I agree, it is a good name.

      Now give me your clothes and your motorcycle

      1. David 132 Silver badge

        You forgot to say “please”.

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