Every movie about a robot uprising has the same scene: You know, the one where someone explains that it didn't start out ALL bad.

It's usually followed by a flashback where we're shown that human technology was progressing, we were building better and smarter machines and sitting back to marvel at our technological advances.

Then, before anyone knew what hit them, humanity became slaves to our new robot overlords.


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All of that is to say that if the robot uprising is on its way in reality, right now we're living in that flashback moment. Every week it seems like there's a new robot for us to marvel at while it secretly brings us closer to our final humanity-ending, robot-uprising misstep.

Here are five robots we should be keeping an eye on for the sake of humanity:

1. AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence program that can think

AlphaGo, created by Google DeepMind, is an AI program that's really good at playing the incredibly complicated ancient Chinese board game known as Go. So good, in fact, that it recently beat the game's world champion in a five-game match.

Go is considered so complex, and is so largely based on intuition and strategy, that it has long stood as a benchmark for testing the success of AI. In order to play Go, you need to do more than just calculate. You need to actually think. Not only can AlphaGo do that, it can apparently do so better than any human player.

If that doesn't scare you, take a look at Go champion Lee Sedol's face when he realized he was losing:

Go World Champion Lee Sedol, right. That's the face of a man who knows we have to start building underground bunkers immediately. Photo by Google via Getty Images.

2. The Domino's pizza delivery bot that can bring pizza from the oven to your front door

When Domino's pizza arrives at your door, the first thing out of your mouth is usually, "Good grief, what the hell is that terrifying monstrosity?" Pretty soon, though, you won't just be talking about the pizza.

The worldwide chain is now testing out a pizza delivery robot in New Zealand:


Don't let its weirdly cute WALL-E-esque design fool you though — replacing pizza delivery people with robots is dangerous.

Think about it: The easiest way to overthrow humanity is by taking our jobs. Without jobs, humanity will stop learning valuable life skills, become lazy, and eventually none of us will want to be bothered with stopping the robot takeover! Mark my words, if this robot delivery system takes off, one day we'll be the topping on some post-apocalyptic robo-pizza.

3. Sophia, an eerily humanoid robot that can talk like a real person

Sophia is a humanoid robot created by Hanson Robotics. She made a big splash this year at the South by Southwest festival for her lifelike appearance and ability to fairly naturally converse with people.


Besides her creepy silicon skin, the terrifying thing about Sophia is that she represents how close we're getting to robots that are unrecognizable from humans.

What better way for robots to take over the world than by hiding among humans? How long will it be before you go on six dates with someone only to find out that they're actually a robot? How long before we accidentally elect a robot president? How long before our new robot president links up with the robots we've sent to the International Space Station with nuclear weapons and threatens to blow up the planet if we don't do its bidding? Does this remind anyone else uncomfortably of "Battlestar Galactica"?

WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE ASKING THESE QUESTIONS?

4. The Carl's Jr. burger-building robots that will definitely take minimum wage jobs away from people who need them.

When will we finally start paying attention to the warning signs here? Maybe when the robots are in control of our burgers.

That's what Andy Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr., wants to do. His dream is a franchise location where customers never even have to interact with another human being.

"We could have a restaurant that's focused on all-natural products ... where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person," Puzder told Business Insider.

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Besides being a total dick-move that could potentially threaten millions of people's jobs, ordering a burger without ever having to look someone in the eye sounds OK, right?

WRONG! While you're busy pushing burger-buttons and forgetting how to talk to people, the robots are getting smarter. They're probably figuring out how to extract the natural oils from human beings in order to lubricate the industrial machinery in their factories. Or something like that.

They're building better, smarter robots while you're yelling at a kiosk that forgot to include extra ketchup! WAKE UP, SHEEPLE!

5. This robot that can ... farm.

A collaboration between Massey University's School of Engineering and Advanced Technology and the National Centre for Precision Agriculture has produced a robot that can farm.


"Oh that's not so scary," you might be thinking.

But did you consider this? Farming is literally how human civilization started! When robots learn agriculture and can settle down into their own communities ... GAME OVER, MAN.

And I know you're thinking "but robots don't need food" and "that robot only inspects crops it doesn't grow them," but the terror remains in my heart. Deep in my warm-blooded biological heart.

The end is nigh, folks. Robots are here, and they're getting better and better over time.

And ... actually ... they're pretty cool. For now.

The truth is, all these robots are incredible technological advancements in our everyday lives.

Sure, maybe we're signing our own death certificates and will one day look back at these robots with sad, tired, eternally-enslaved eyes.

Sure, maybe one day we'll have to send a time-traveler back to 2016 in order to stop the creation of these robots and ensure the peace and prosperity of the human race.

But, for now, it's pretty cool to admire the science and technology behind all of it, as we manifest our own dystopian destiny.

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Leah Menzies had no idea her deceased mother was her boyfriend's kindergarten teacher.

When you start dating the love of your life, you want to share it with the people closest to you. Sadly, 18-year-old Leah Menzies couldn't do that. Her mother died when she was 7, so she would never have the chance to meet the young woman's boyfriend, Thomas McLeodd. But by a twist of fate, it turns out Thomas had already met Leah's mom when he was just 3 years old. Leah's mom was Thomas' kindergarten teacher.

The couple, who have been dating for seven months, made this realization during a visit to McCleodd's house. When Menzies went to meet his family for the first time, his mom (in true mom fashion) insisted on showing her a picture of him making a goofy face. When they brought out the picture, McLeodd recognized the face of his teacher as that of his girlfriend's mother.

Menzies posted about the realization moment on TikTok. "Me thinking my mum (who died when I was 7) will never meet my future boyfriend," she wrote on the video. The video shows her and McLeodd together, then flashes to the kindergarten class picture.

“He opens this album and then suddenly, he’s like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God — over and over again,” Menzies told TODAY. “I couldn’t figure out why he was being so dramatic.”

Obviously, Menzies is taking great comfort in knowing that even though her mother is no longer here, they can still maintain a connection. I know how important it was for me to have my mom accept my partner, and there would definitely be something missing if she wasn't here to share in my joy. It's also really incredible to know that Menzies' mother had a hand in making McLeodd the person he is today, even if it was only a small part.

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“It’s incredible that that she knew him," Menzies said. "What gets me is that she was standing with my future boyfriend and she had no idea.”

Since he was only 3, McLeodd has no actual memory of Menzies' mother. But his own mother remembers her as “kind and really gentle.”

The TikTok has understandably gone viral and the comments are so sweet and positive.

"No the chills I got omggg."

"This is the cutest thing I have watched."

"It’s as if she remembered some significance about him and sent him to you. Love fate 😍✨"

In the caption of the video, she said that discovering the connection between her boyfriend and her mom was "straight out of a movie." And if you're into romantic comedies, you're definitely nodding along right now.

Menzies and McLeodd made a follow-up TikTok to address everyone's positive response to their initial video and it's just as sweet. The young couple sits together and addresses some of the questions they noticed pop up. People were confused that they kept saying McLeodd was in kindergarten but only 3 years old when he was in Menzies' mother's class. The couple is Australian and Menzies explained that it's the equivalent of American preschool.

They also clarified that although they went to high school together and kind of knew of the other's existence, they didn't really get to know each other until they started dating seven months ago. So no, they truly had no idea that her mother was his teacher. Menzies revealed that she "didn't actually know that my mum taught at kindergarten."

"I just knew she was a teacher," she explained.

She made him act out his reaction to seeing the photo, saying he was "speechless," and when she looked at the photo she started crying. McLeodd recognized her mother because of the pictures Menzies keeps in her room. Cue the "awws," because this is so cute, I'm kvelling.

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Actions speak far louder than words.

It never fails. After a tragic mass shooting, social media is filled with posts offering thoughts and prayers. Politicians give long-winded speeches on the chamber floor or at press conferences asking Americans to do the thing they’ve been repeatedly trained to do after tragedy: offer heartfelt thoughts and prayers. When no real solution or plan of action is put forth to stop these senseless incidents from occurring so frequently in a country that considers itself a world leader, one has to wonder when we will be honest with ourselves about that very intangible automatic phrase.

Comedian Anthony Jeselnik brilliantly summed up what "thoughts and prayers" truly mean. In a 1.5-minute clip, Jeselnik talks about victims' priorities being that of survival and not wondering if they’re trending at that moment. The crowd laughs as he mimics the actions of well-meaning social media users offering thoughts and prayers after another mass shooting. He goes on to explain how the act of performatively offering thoughts and prayers to victims and their families really pulls the focus onto the author of the social media post and away from the event. In the short clip he expertly expresses how being performative on social media doesn’t typically equate to action that will help victims or enact long-term change.

Of course, this isn’t to say that thoughts and prayers aren’t welcomed or shouldn’t be shared. According to Rabbi Jack Moline "prayer without action is just noise." In a world where mass shootings are so common that a video clip from 2015 is still relevant, it's clear that more than thoughts and prayers are needed. It's important to examine what you’re doing outside of offering thoughts and prayers on social media. In another several years, hopefully this video clip won’t be as relevant, but at this rate it’s hard to see it any differently.

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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