One hundred years ago, a Czech playwright named Karel Capek coined the term “robot”. Right from the get-go, the overly negative ‘murderous-machine’ trope took hold, and we’ve never trusted a bot since.
Capek’s robots were as homicidal as they were helpful. In the play, they end up going on a killing spree. Not surprising, his original bots inspired Terminator, Westworld and a bunch of other machines that planted deep in our collective pop culture consciousness the idea that robots will outsmart us – and exterminate us.