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Did the T-800 really learn the value of human life?


He only didn't kill people because he was ordered not to. He was completely in favour of killing Dyson.

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He was willing to sacrifice himself to save most of humanity from being killed in a nuclear explosion. I'd say that is learning the value of human life. Also I didn't exactly think his remark of, "Killing Dyson might actually prevent the war." to mean he was for Dyson dying and he prefaced that with saying it was dangerous since the T-1000 might anticipate the move and try to kill Sarah before they get there. And then try to kill them when they got there.

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" willing to sacrifice himself "
not really , if I tell my computer to delete its hard drive it'll do it without a second thought.

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Except neither Sarah or John commanded it to do that.

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But it could be argued that the John from the future did. Not explicitly, but in a "do everything you can to protect my younger self" way. Once the T-1000 was terminated, the next step for the T-800 to protect John would be to terminate itself in a way theat left no remains.

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"Once the T-1000 was terminated, the next step for the T-800 to protect John would be to terminate itself in a way threat left no remains."

He would have been smarter if he had commanded the T-800 to stick with John to defend him against the scores of other T-800s that were apparently sent back... as we learned in Dark Fate. :/

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"He was willing to sacrifice himself to save most of humanity from being killed in a nuclear explosion."

It's a shame that his sacrifice was meaningless, since there were lots of other T-800s running around as we discover in Dark Fate.

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My take is that we don't know for sure.

The Terminator obviously had to follow its programming, so its free will was limited. However, it was also intelligent. Could it have feelings and preferences? We don't know, but I prefer to believe that it could. Why would it develop a bond with John, otherwise?

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The Terminator is a fucking robot, a computer, following programming. It is an unthinking heartless machine. Any action otherwise is an anomaly. Your cell phone is not your best friend. It is a spatula. Grow the fuck up. Your video game is not trying to make love to you.

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What is wrong with you?

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Yes. He explicitly states:

"My CPU is a neural-net processor; a learning computer. The more contact I have with humans, the more I learn. "

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He absolutely learned the value of human life

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