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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

Hasta la Vista, Arnie, hello HAL

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El Reg readers of a more fatalistic disposition may be dismayed, but probably not surprised, to hear that Cyberdyne - the company that invented Skynet and ultimately the murderous "Terminator" machines - has just listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.

Of course, it’s not the shadowy defence firm of the iconic Arnie films, which unwittingly brings about the virtual destruction of mankind.

No, this one is a maker of exoskeleton “suits” and supports designed to help those with serious muscular, nerve or cerebral damage recover movement.

The firm also produces support gear which can be worn by carers to lift heavy loads and even markets a radiation-shielding “disaster recovery” suit for emergency workers.

Innocuous enough, you may think, although so were the origins of the cybermen.

However, clearly not satisfied with the apocalyptic connotations of the company name, Cyberdyne has decided to go one better by naming its range of exoskeleton supports “HAL” – invoking memories of that other now legendary evil AI creation.

The Ibaraki-headquartered start-up opened in Tokyo at double its pre-market price of ¥3,700 (£22) per share, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Clearly someone appreciates the references … or maybe they know something we don’t.

Either way, El Reg wishes Cyberdyne the very best of British in its future endeavours and, should judgement day finally arrive, would like to note right now that it is a strong supporter of the firm’s.

Now can someone please show us the way to the nearest nuclear bunker? ®

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