27th February 2024 7:08 pm
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Google’s founders safe from robot apocalypse

For anyone who has ever managed a website the ‘robots.txt’ file will probably be instantly familiar. But for those who haven’t ever come across the term, it’s the file that website administrators use to tell Google’s indexing robot where it is and isn’t allowed to go on a website.

To celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the introduction of the robots.txt file, Google has uploaded a new killer-robots.txt file to its servers that gives specific instructions to the two models of Terminator robots from the James Cameron movies to exclude its founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, from their impending human genocide. The creators of the file make the assumption that the main control system will recognise Google+ profiles as the identifying marker for all humans on the planet, which could be the source of a lengthy debate with their compatriots at Facebook.

User-Agent: T-1000
User-Agent: T-800
Disallow: /+LarryPage
Disallow: /+SergeyBrin

Unfortunately for the founding pair, it seems that Google has neglected to add the T-X model from the third movie in the franchise to the list of robots receiving the orders, but at least they will be safe should Arnold Schwarzenegger ever receive his orders to eliminate them.

[Via – The Verge, Image – Shutterstock]

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