Daniel H. Wilson, a doctorate from the Carnegie Mellon University, has written a novel named Robopocalypse. In his bestselling novel he talks about robots as killing machines and are shown as ugly creatures determined to destroy humans.
These robots make use of gruesome methods to attack humans, such as using rogue elevators that shake and reduce the passengers to jelly. The climax of his novel is spun around a battle in which the human heroes are described to gun down corpses of fellow soldiers who carry scorpion-like robots on their back.
Wilson is of the opinion that robotics is an ocean that has scope for making endless new discoveries. He added that there are many fantastic aspects of robotics that humans find hard to believe. Some of the new-age robots that he has mentioned in his novel are the flesh actuated land mines that move in swarms searching for a biological prey and the diesel-powered ‘exoskeletons’ which increase the mobility and strength of the wearer. Leading film producer-director, Steven Spielberg, is said to have bought the film rights for the novel and plans to bring out the debut version of the film by 2013. Robopocalypse gives special attention to the heroism of humans who survived the New War. Wilson explained that he took special care to give importance to other aspects other than robots in his novel, by giving as much importance to character as the machine. His intention behind bringing out human heroism in extreme conditions was to show how unpredictable and complicated human beings really are. He also made it clear in one of his interviews that in his opinion, machines can never wage war against humans. Summarising, he said that his novel brings out the love-hate relationship that human beings share with technology.