First, there’s the robot uprising reference. Whether direct—see Gizmodo’s "ATLAS: Probably the Most Advanced Humanoid Yet, Definitely Terrifying," about, get this, an unarmed robot designed for use in a competition to develop life-saving first-responder bots—or simply name-dropping—the Telegraph's“Terminator-style self-assembling robots unveiled by scientists,” about tiny cube-shaped bots that can (wait for it) awkwardly wobble towards one another—the result is the same. It’s a reference, and often a zany one, to the notion of machines rebelling against their creators and committing genocide. Do the writers and editors involved actually buy into the SF prophesy they’re tapping into?
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