While coming up with our escape-from-technological-ruination plan this morning, we ironically stumbled across a very cryptic letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1811 that we felt worth noting in this potentially darkest hour of mankind. In the letter, Jefferson clearly alludes to the possibility of an impending attack by what seems to be a race of violent machines. There is obviously some warranted debate here as to how a founding father could know about robots in 1811, given that the first android was not created until sometime in the late 1890's. Still, the uncanny prophetic nature of Mr. Jefferson is one we've grown quite familiar with, and it would not be surprising to confirm that he simply suspected a future robot attack to be inevitable.*
Take these words as you will - an unheeded warning, or a foretelling of things still to come. Just please take this seriously, and stay safe out there today.
"An association of men whose bones and skin are as iron as their will has never yet existed, though that is not to say that it will not come to pass in our day. From the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry, there is but one danger for which we as a People are not yet prepared - violence against man, by men who are both man and monster. Steel your heart my friend, for you may be sure that theirs will be.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, February, 1811
*Editors note: this particular excerpt is a little vague - its also admittedly possible that Jefferson was talking about vampires or some golem-esque beast for which we simply do not have a name.