Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Monday, May 20
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2hr 17mins // directed by:James Cameron // featuring:Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Before director James Cameron created those big, blue, pterodactyl-riding, cat-people in Avatar, he was responsible for taking special effects to eye-popping new heights in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Proving that Aliens, his terrifyingly awesome equel to Ridley Scott’s Alien was no fluke, Cameron didn’t just phone in his follow-up to his own classic, The Terminator – he upped the ante with a spectacular second chapter that raised the bar for action films and still stands up 20 years later.

A decade after the original Terminator wreaked havoc on Sarah Connor, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as another Model 101 cyborg. This, time, however, he’s reprogrammed and teleported to the past to protect Sarah’s 10-year-old son John (Edward Furlong) from a newer, more advanced, and more deadly Terminator, the T-1000 (a chilling Robert Patrick), made entirely of shape-shifting liquid metal and bent on killing the boy before he can fulfill his destiny and lead the human resistance in the future war with the tyrannical machines. Together, John, Sarah, and Arnie’s good Terminator must try to defeat the seemingly indestructible T-1000 and prevent nuclear war on Judgment Day from occurring.

Thad Starner has never squared off against a morphing, liquid-metal adversary (at least not that we know of). But it’s not for nothing that he has been described as one of the world’s
leading experts on what it’s like to live a cyborg’s life. A pioneering researcher in the field of wearable computing and an associate professor at Georgia Tech, Starner has been wearing a
computer and display regularly since 1993. Mounted over the left lens of his eyeglasses is a tiny computer monitor; he sees its display – pictures, emails, appointments, any information he needs – superimposed on top of the world.

Starner’s interest in wearable computers and augmented reality dates back to his student days at MIT. When he saw The Terminator as a sophomore, he was struck most by the view as seen from Schwarzenegger’s eyes: text scrolling over his view of the physical world. Back then he wondered whether a similar interface – possibly including graphics – could be helpful in a person’s everyday life. His teams in academia and industry have studied that question for the last 20 years. Join us as he discusses some of their key insights and reveals some of the surprising uses for wearable computers that they’ve discovered.

More about Thad Starner

Thad Starner is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Technical Lead on Google’s Project Glass, a self-contained wearable computer. He received a PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory, where he founded the MIT Wearable Computing Project. Starner was perhaps the first to integrate a wearable computer into his everyday life as a personal assistant, and he coined the term “augmented reality” in 1990 to describe the types of interfaces he envisioned at the time. His groups’ prototypes on mobile context-based search, gesture-based interfaces, mobile music players, and mobile instant messaging foreshadowed now commonplace devices and services. Starner’s work has been widely featured in the media, including CNN, NPR, the BBC, CBS's “60 Minutes”, ABC's “48 Hours”, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Jour al.