Cyberdyne Systems, also known as Cyberdyne and Cyberdyne Systems Corporation, is a fictional corporation that was the sole creator of Skynet, the Terminators and others throughout the Terminator franchise.
The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Cyberdyne is initially a benign manufacturing corporation at 18144 El Camino Real in Sunnyvale, California. Its products are unknown, but from the equipment in its factory and its high tech-sounding name, it seems possible that Cyberdyne might have been some sort of smaller parts producer for larger manufacturers of high tech equipment.
A Series 800 Terminator, which is sent from the future and designed to kill humans, is crushed in one of the hydraulic presses in Cyberdyne's factory. Thus, the company obtains the machine's wreckage, including its CPU chip and an arm.
After reverse engineering the Terminator's remains, Cyberdyne reverse engineers its CPU and creates a powerful new microprocessor for weapons systems, becoming a major contractor for the US military.
Cyberdyne eventually develops Skynet, a network of supercomputers that employ artificial intelligence in order to replace human beings as commercial and military aircraft pilots, and for the control of other military systems, including nuclear missiles. The system goes online on August 4, 1997. On August 29, 1997, Skynet becomes self-aware. In a panic, humans attempt to shut it down, but Skynet retaliates by launching a nuclear attack against Russia, knowing that the Russian counterattack will eliminate its enemies in the United States, initiating an indeterminately long period of global warfare. The battle pits humans against machines, which develop ever-increasing capabilities. The event is later known as Judgment Day.
In an effort to prevent Judgment Day from occurring, Cyberdyne's headquarters are destroyed by a group of saboteurs in 1995: John Connor, future leader of the human resistance, his mother Sarah Connor, and a second Series 800 Terminator that traveled back in time, with Miles Dyson, Cyberdyne's lead researcher, assisting them in this endeavor. Dr. Serena Kogan, the lead biologist of the corporation continues to do her research on Cyberdyne Systems genetic division, even though the HQ had been demolished.
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
Cyberdyne Systems is revealed in Kimberly Duncan's presentation to be a company similar to a combination of the real-world tech companies IBM, Apple Inc., and Microsoft among others.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
In this timeline of events, Terminator 3 was set in 2004 and the beginning of Terminator Salvation was set in 2003 suggesting that this was the time of Dr. Serena Kogan's death.
Despite the destruction of Cyberdyne's headquarters, the timeline is only slightly altered: after the destruction of the company's headquarters, Cyberdyne Systems patents are obtained by the U.S. Government, with another technological corporation Cyber Research Systems. Skynet continues to be developed by the company for SAC-NORAD, and ultimately, Judgment Day occurs, just at a later date than it would have originally.
It is revealed that Cyberdyne is still in existence as of 2003. In 2003, Dr. Serena Kogan convinces Marcus Wright to sign a paper to donate his body to Project Angel, a project of the genetics division of Cyberdyne Systems, Serena dies of her cancer around 2004 but Cyberdyne decided to continue her research.
At a certain point, Cyberdyne is sold to the United States Air Force.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Shortly after being hacked, John Henry was able to discern that his systems had been infiltrated by another Artificial Intelligence based on the code used in his own creation. An analysis of the code revealed that the code was created by Cyberdyne Systems R&D Specialist Miles Dyson before his death.
- Miles Dyson
- Carl Gibbons (security guard)
- Moshier (security guard)
- Dr. Serena Kogan (Geneticist, Chief of biological studies at Cyberdyne)
- Dr. Serena Kogan created most of the Cybernetic Organisms, like the T-101 (Arnold Shcwarzenegger), T-1000, and the T-X, Serena Kogan also knew that Skynet was coming and she built Marcus Wright to infiltrate humans and the resistance.
- Since Cyberdyne created Skynet (the primary antagonist faction of the franchise), they serve as the Predecessor Villains of the franchise.
- In NOW Comics The Terminator and Terminator: The Burning Earth, Cyberdyne Systems is called Technodyne Systems. In Terminator: All My Futures Past, it is called Cyderdyne again.
- In the original timeline, at some point after the Judgment Day, Cyberdyne Systems creates the Series 600, Series 800 and Series 1000 Terminators under the control of Skynet.
- It can be assumed that Cyberdyne continued its work on AI despite the loss of its corporate headquarters in 1995. Its work continued until it was sold to the USAF. Later, it was either restructured into Cyber Research Systems or was under the administration of the Air Force's already existing division called CRS.
- However, none of this explains why Cyberdyne logos are still being used by Skynet in 2018, but then nothing can really explain why a self-aware AI uses the logos of a company that no longer exists by that year. The use of those logos in 2018 says nothing about when Cyberdyne originally ceased to exist.
- In the first five drafts of the script of The Terminator, Kyle Reese refers to the company as Cyber Dynamics. Cyberdyne is likely derived or a portmanteau of the words "Cyber Dynamics".
- Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan have full size Cyberdyne Corporation lobbies for their ride T2 3-D: Battle Across Time where visitors are treated to a PR film by Cyberdyne extolling the virtues of the Skynet system and Cyberdyne's other "security" and "consumer" oriented innovations and are often harassed by an impatient company hostess named Kimberly Duncan.
- Cyberdyne, Inc is also the name of a real life Japanese company which manufactures robotic suits.