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“SkyNet” was a defense system created by the Department of Defense and the Cyberdyne Systems firm to control the defense of the United States in the “Terminator” movie franchise. The system was an artificial neural network that became self-aware and when the human operators tried to deactivate it, SkyNet retaliated with a nuclear attack and became the masters. John Connor formed a resistance movement to defeat SkyNet and their Terminator assassins.

In "[[The Loobenfeld Decay", while climbing the stairs Sheldon and Leonard are discussing "Terminator" and debating why Skynet would need to create a petite, hot, 17 year old killer robot, since artificial intelligence does not have teen fetishes referring to the then current television series.

In "The Terminator Decoupling", the guys meet Summer Glau the Terminator from the television series and Howard and Raj try hitting on her. Sheldon also wonders if Skynet wanted to infiltrate our world, why not confuse use by sending back Terminators that look liker across that play Terminators.

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