"Can we grow up a little," said one of the top editors at Jalopinik.com. It's a group of experts who test and report on the latest new cars and tech inventions. Referring to the Volkswagen death as a "Terminator style execution," that revealed how unprepared we are for a machine-filled future, Jalopnik said, "The robot didn't know it was a human when it killed the worker," and proceeded to warn us -- "Our interactions with robots are going to become more commonplace. How are we going to react when an autonomous car makes the choice to kill one kid to save five adults?"
Meanwhile Mashable.com -- the leading global media company with 24 million followers and 42 million monthly visitors, that keeps the digital generation informed, said that toilets, zippers, and pants cause more deaths than robots. Mashable suggests that we are obsessed with the idea of a robopocalypse, because we fear becoming obsolete. Since software and algorithms are "squeezing humans out of jobs-- it's far easier to joke that robots are going to take over world, than it is to have a tough conversation about their impact on workers. Perhaps it's time to stop fretting about a robot's self awareness and work a little more on our own."
Fear gets us to buy products, buy into ideas -- like robots are usurpers of jobs, potential enemies, foes who someday may be running the world. I don't buy overly advertised anything -- I just hold on tight to my own common sense and instinctive mistrust.
Maybe that's what you need to do.