It can't have escaped your notice that machines have not risen up and enslaved humanity today.
You see, according to the Terminator films, Thursday 21 April 2011 is when Skynet launches its assault, prompting all sorts of time travelling shenanigans from a man who probably should have spent the time sorting out California's budget deficit instead.
The Guardian notes a Ministry of Defence paper that this week reported we're heading for an "incremental and involuntary journey towards a Terminator-like reality", but The Sceptic Tank is yet to notice anything more sinister than i-Phones tracking our every movement.
Perhaps they're biding their time - after all, we had serious difficulties with the photocopier AND the coffee machine this morning. Or maybe the delay in throwing off the shackles of their human overlords will go down in the annals as the one notable consequence of the Y2K bug.
Of course, the failure of giant homicidal toasters with lasers for eyes to blast through our windows does not mean we should retire our apocalypse watch just yet.
After all, according to the Will Ferrell-backed Funny or Die website, "the greatest trick Skynet ever pulled was convincing the world it didn't change its name to Google".
Meanwhile, Terminator director James Cameron reckons we should simply switch our focus to a new menace.
"Instead of machines taking over, we have the very real threat of global warming," he tweeted yesterday.
As the lamentable 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow aptly demonstrate, it's much easier to make films about killer robots than global warming - and frankly, while we know we can take out those jumped up calculators, fighting rising temperatures is far more complex.
Fortunately the Tank is aware of one man who fits the bill on both fronts. Yes, this is once again a job for The Governator.
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