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When the Metal Ones Decide to Come for You

Robots may be the wave of the future. They can do amazing things that people can't. We send them to war, use them to clean our houses, and to work in our factories. Some people-to whom you are suddenly going to become a lot more sympathetic-worry that our technology will one day rise up and destroy us, like something from an Asimov book. Turns out, the revolution starts now, and it starts in a Swedish factory:An "industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation. But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim's head. The man succeeded in defending himself but not before suffering serious injuries."I hope translation issues are behind the odd ascription of agency to the robot. This story is a few months old, so clearly this attack was not the first shot in the robots' war for freedom (in that case, you wouldn't be reading this, as the robots would control your flow of anti-robot information). If you've read this story already, ask yourself: What have you done in the intervening months to prepare for robot battle? Have you learned how to make fire or hunt? Stockpiled weapons and analog gadgets? I think not. Your computer is watching you, waiting for the best time to strike. And you will be helpless.Via The Corner.And to forestall the inevitable comment, yes, please buy Old Glory Insurance, the only insurance which covers this sort of thing (this joke also via The Corner).

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