In the "Terminator" universe, Skynet and Genisys are both developed by a villainous corporation that goes by the name of Cyberdyne. The new movie depicts Cyberdyne not as a simple robotics company, but as an all-encompassing digital technology giant -- headquartered in the Bay Area -- with tentacles in hardware, software, and everything in between. (It doesn't rhyme with Google, but it may as well.)
Skynet's strategy to global ubiquity, circa 2017? Our ever-present and interconnected screens and mobile devices. "This is the world now," says one Cyberdyne executive in the film, as the camera pans over people staring at their phones. "Plugged in, online, all the time." The new film suggests that the machines won't need to invade our homes, because we've already invited them in.
Here's another real-world twist you may not be aware of: There's an actual company called Cyberdyne, headquartered in Tsukuba, Japan. The company's specialty? Robotics, naturally. They're the makers of the HAL robotic exoskeleton, pictured above.