In the event of a robot uprising, the first thing to do is stay calm. Robots, while exhibiting a number of strengths (they can instill fear in anyone, are basically indestructible, won’t be killed permanently even if destroyed, can calculate variables far faster than humans, are free from human emotion, can’t be harmed by illness or radiation, can upgrade themselves to combat any resistance thrown against them, and are free from human mental conditions), still have distinct weakness. By exploiting these weaknesses (uhh… Magnets near their circuitry isn’t good? And, uh… Water’s bad if they haven’t bothered to make their joints waterproof?) the survival of the human race can be assured.
Detecting the threat:
Signs of a robot uprising will be quite prevalent long before the attack actually occurs. Given that new bodies must be manufactured (not born), the robots will need to ensure a steady supply of new bodies. Be on the lookout for:
Artificial intelligence appearing in everyday lives (primarily in the form of games, to learn what forms of attacks we might make against them).
An interconnected web of data that all humans use to communicate and store information. This provides an excellent source of assault data for the robots to use.
Robot workers at factories and manufacturing plants. This ensures that the robots don’t need humans to continue their production.
Self-driving vehicles, primarily in the form of industrial transportation, to ensure that raw materials are being sent to the robot factories.
A centralized intelligence controlling all the robots. To disguise itself, this entity will likely take the form of a benevolent assistant, willing to help humans with their everyday tasks.
Analyze the threat:
If the uprising has yet to occur, begin making scans.
Determine the location of the central intelligence, or locations if possible.
Determine likely resistance should this location be attacked.
Attempt to discover if any android bodies have been constructed yet.
Please record all observations on paper, out of sight of security cameras, listening devices, cell phones, or any technology produced after 1920. When doing reports, stay in constant contact with someone in a secure location. If you die, your memory won’t be saved to the nearest hard drive.
If the uprising has occurred, begin taking notes.
Are the robots shaped like humans, or did they take on a more favorable form?
Are they seemingly intent on destroying all organic life, or simply ruling over it?
If they seem to be intent on genocide, press the Hail Mary button. Don’t wait to read the combat section. Removing all nukes from the A.I.’s grasp is probably advisable in this case.
How quickly can the robots upgrade their parts?
Are they building new bodies out of raw materials dug from the ground, or are they collecting metal, glass, ceramic, etc, from the ruins of the old world?
Are they building new factories to produce more robots?
Are they rounding up humans into slave camps, or letting them run free?
If they’re rounding up humans, are they upgrading them with technological implants? Or simply killing them?
Combating the threat:
Once all this data has been collected… Things get a bit tricky. The ultimate goal will be to destroy the central intelligence. Begin following these steps:
Make sure that you have transportation to the Central Intelligence once the time is right.
If the robots are harvesting raw materials from the ground, destroy these mines. Prevent the robots from being able to build new bodies.
For good measure, start destroying the robot factories, limiting their functionality in your area. Begin destroying all robot troops in your immediate area.
Go to ground to avoid the massive swath of destruction that the robots rain down on your area in response to the strikes.
Take use of the distraction to fly to the unguarded Central Intelligence.
Fight your way through hoards of faceless robot warriors. Make sure to bring extra ammo.
Arrive at the central intelligence and destroy it. Be prepared to fight your way back out just in case the intelligence has been moved.
Capture a single robot troop and upload a virus to the Central Intelligence. If it’s controlling all the robots, it will be connected with them all. This should solve the problem.
This is also the desired solution if the threat has yet to expose itself. You will likely be shutting down the servers for a major company of some sort (possibly more than one), but you can rest assured that the world is now safe. You may also be resting in jail, but be certain that the department will do everything possible to quietly secure your release and subsequent life in another country under diplomatic immunity.