How to behave if robots rebel

Via nxtbot, How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel Wilson is a funny resource on how to behave in case if robots rebel.

If popular culture has taught us anything, it is that someday mankind must face 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 from outer space, escaped from top-secret laboratories, and even traveled back in time to destroy us.

Today, scientists are working hard to bring these artificial creations to life. In Japan, fuzzy little real robots are delivering much appreciated hug therapy to the elderly. Children are frolicking with smiling robot toys.

It all seems so innocuous. And yet how could so many Hollywood scripts be wrong?

So take no chances. Arm yourself with expert knowledge. For the sake of humanity, listen to serious advice from real robotics experts. How else will you survive the inevitable future in which robots rebel against their human masters?

Of course it's humour but we might see this kind of stuff in the future:


Sensors are by far the most vulnerable, exposed parts of any robot. Destroy or disable outward-facing sensors such as cameras. A handful of dirt, mud, or water will suffice. It is hard for a robot to wipe mud from its eyes when it has whirring buzz saws for hands.

My favorite advice is certainly "SEARCH THE HOUSE FOR UNUSUAL ITEMS: Check the robot's quarters for stashed weapons, keys, or family pets".

Why do I blog this? apart from the funny aspects and the fact that I like this kind of drawings, some slogans ('resistance is futile') made me think about Anti-Pop Consortium (scifi hip-hop from NYC). In addition, it's interesting to see how underlying messages about technology and robots like this are beginning to be disseminated in various ways.