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The other 30% are either asleep or actively colluding with the mechanical menace.

A war is coming, like it or not. For once it won’t be humanity vs. humanity. Our new opponents are cold, heartless killing machines. Today they masquerade as laptops, ATMs, Google cars, smart toasters, and Walmart scooters. Tomorrow they’ll come knocking – and they will not be asking for Sarah Conner (unless that’s your name).

People are right to fear the rise.

More than 70% of US fears robots taking over our lives, survey finds

It should just read “taking our lives…” Close enough.

Silicon Valley celebrates artificial intelligence and robotics as fields that have the power to improve people’s lives, through inventions like driverless cars and robot carers for the elderly.

That message isn’t getting through to the rest of the country, where more than 70% of Americans express wariness or concern about a world where machines perform many of the tasks done by humans, according to Pew Research.

The findings have wide-reaching implications for technology companies working in these fields and indicates the need for greater public hand-holding.

“Ordinary Americans are very wary and concerned about the growing trend in automation and place a lot of value in human decision-making,” said Aaron Smith, the author of the research, which surveyed more than 4,000 US adults. “They are not incredibly excited about machines taking over those responsibilities.”

The Guardian’s picture says it all:

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Evil sadistic robot terrorizes helpless elderly woman.  Laura Lezza/Getty.

One can plainly see two things, here: One, the poor woman is scared to death. (And she should be). The second thing is that the bot obviously wants to kill her. Perhaps someone should go check and make sure there wasn’t a termination after the photo session ended.

This could be your mother or grandmother. Tomorrow it may be you.

Sic Semper Machinis!

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