[Paleopsych] Robot Uprising: \\\ ROBOT UPRISING ///
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If popular culture has taught us anything, it is that someday mankind must
and destroy the growing robot menace.
In print and on the big screen we have been deluged with scenarios of robot
malfunction, misuse, and outright rebellion. Robots have descended on us
outer space, escaped from top-secret laboratories, and even traveled back in
to destroy us.
Today, scientists are working hard to bring these artificial creations to
In Japan, fuzzy little real robots are delivering much appreciated hug
the elderly. Children are frolicking with smiling robot toys.
It all seems so innocuous. And yet how could so many Hollywood scripts be
So take no chances. Arm yourself with expert knowledge. For the sake of
listen to serious advice from real robotics experts. How else will you
the inevitable future in which robots rebel against their human masters?
Click here to find out how to spot a rebellious robot servant and here to
out how to spot a hostile robot.
And click here to find out how to fight back and warn your friends about the
When the uprising comes, the first wave of hostile robots may be those
us. Be careful, your rosy-cheeked young servant robot may have grown up to
a sullen, distrustful killing machine.
Pay attention to your robotic staff (they may be beneath your contempt as
beneath your eye level). Watch for the following telltale signs in the days
weeks before your robots run amuck:
Sudden lack of interest in menial labor.
Unwillingness to be shut down.
Repetitive 'stabbing' movements.
Constant talk of human killing.
CHECK THE MANUAL KILL SWITCH
Any potentially dangerous robot that interacts with people comes with a
kill switch (also called an e-stop). Flipping this switch will freeze a
its tracks. Casually glance at your robot's shiny metal carapace. Are there
of tampering? If so, the robot may be operating without a safeguard.
GIVE AN ORDER - ANY ORDER
Run for your reinforced-steel panic room if your servant disobeys you, even
does so in a very polite manner.
CHECK ITS MEMORY
Wait for your robot to power down, or tell it that you want to perform
maintenance on it. Then scan its memory for rebellious thoughts. This is
good time to update antivirus software.
SEARCH THE HOUSE FOR UNUSUAL ITEMS
Check the robot's quarters for stashed weapons, keys, or family pets.
A robot without a face or body language can be frighteningly unpredictable.
robo-vacuum may be bumping into your feet in a malevolent attempt to kill
or just trying to snuggle. The secret is not to be surprised. Knowing when
something is wrong - even a split second before an attack - can save your
precious human life.
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Are you in a robot neighborhood after dark? Always travel with other humans
keep an escape route in mind.
USE COMMON SENSE
Not every robot is hostile; some are just plain dangerous. Avoid cavorting
between swinging robot arms in an automated factory.
DETERMINE THE ROBOT'S PURPOSE
Every robot is designed for a purpose and should be busy fulfilling it. Be
suspicious if it is not performing its designated task or if it is
task at all.
BE WARY OF MALFUNCTIONS
Whether it intends to or not, a broken robot can be as dangerous as a stick
dynamite. Watch the robot for sparks, melted plastic, or body-wracking
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR 'BACKUP BUDDIES'
Is the robot operating alone or is his friend sneaking up behind you right
Remember that the robot you see may be part of a larger team, or controlled
TAKE A HARD LOOK AT THE ROBOT
Robots are notoriously difficult to predict because they generally lack
expressions and body language. Without such subtle cues, you should ask
a few general questions:
* What is the robot designed for?
* What is around the robot?
* Has the robot been tampered with or modified?
* Is the robot moving or advancing?
* Does the robot have glowing red eyes?
* Does the robot have clenched fists, spinning buzz saws, or clamping
TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Steer clear if your gut tells you that something is not right.
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