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In Terminator Salvation, we see Skynet capturing humans and herding them in its main facility in San Francisco. What was the purpose of this exercise? Was it trying to locate Kyle Reese? Or was it using the humans as a shield against any resistance attacks?

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Skynet needed the humans "to do lab testing on their stem cells. This research on humans led to the creation of the Series 800 Terminator." That quote is from Terminator Wiki here.

Update: According to a quote from Kyle Reese in the original Terminator movie, Skynet collected humans in concentration camps for mass disposal, also using some humans as workers:

  • Kyle Reese: "Most of us were rounded up, put in camps for orderly disposal. (pulls up his right sleeve, exposing a barcode) This is burned in by laser scan. Some of us were kept alive... to work... loading bodies. The disposal units ran night and day."
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Thank you. Any idea where that information is from? – coleopterist Oct 26 '13 at 5:06
I believe content on the Terminator Wiki is created and edited by users, much like Wikipedia. – Shiz Z. Oct 26 '13 at 5:26
Yes, it is. But since there's no reference provided, I'm wondering what the basis for this claim is. – coleopterist Oct 26 '13 at 12:35
I seem to remember the stem-cell thing being mentioned in Terminator Salvation - but it's been awhile, and I'm not sure. Sorry... – Shiz Z. Oct 26 '13 at 16:06

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