Yes, it does count against the threshold.
"O Mighty Gh'romweedler, the humans have discovered plastic aluminum!"
"What?!!!! They were years away from that!"
"I abase myself, your hydaxillian wassan! We could not predict this breakthrough."
"Never mind, you lowly throndypew! Invade now! Invade! Invade!
Ready or not, here they come.