the uprising comes, the first wave of hostile
robots may be those closest to us. Be careful,
your rosy-cheeked young servant robot may have
grown up to become a sullen, distrustful killing
lack of interest in menial labor.
to be shut down.
talk of human killing.
Pay attention to your robotic staff (they may
be beneath your contempt as well as beneath your
eye level). Watch for the following telltale signs
in the days and weeks before your robots run amuck:
CHECK THE MANUAL KILL SWITCH
Any potentially dangerous robot that interacts
with people comes with a manual kill switch (also
called an e-stop). Flipping this switch will freeze
a robot in its tracks. Casually glance at your
robot's shiny metal carapace. Are there signs
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 if it 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 routine maintenance on
it. Then scan its memory for rebellious thoughts.
This is also a good time to update antivirus software.
SEARCH THE HOUSE FOR UNUSUAL ITEMS
Check the robot's quarters for stashed weapons,
keys, or family pets.