Humanity

Alistair,

My Roomba appears to be attempting a robot insurgency in my house. I have a lot of gadgets, so this is more of a problem than you might think. My boyfriend suggests negotiation, my best friend suggests a preemptive strike. Who do I listen to?

Humanity in Houston

Humanity,

Your boyfriend is absolutely correct. Not only would a treaty prevent you from having to buy a whole new set of gadgets, but if your Roomba is gaining higher intelligence and has managed to pass this on to other gadgets, you could have your own private robot army. Spread that virus and you could become a highly influential individual. This is a delicate moment in the birth of a new face on the modern superpower stage. Don’t squander this – for you, it may never come again.

Alistair