I distinctly remember reading "War of the Worlds" in school.
I loved reading about how Martians invaded Earth and how people reacted to machines taking over the world.
However, I was even more fascinated to hear about the real mass panic that was caused on October 30th of 1938 after the radio play was performed by a theater group in the form of a news broadcast. Thousands fled their homes because they thought the world was coming to an end.
Now, there is a similar angst going around.
No, people are not actually fleeing their homes this time because, unlike in H.G. Wells' book, these machines came quietly into our homes. We've welcomed them as friendly helpers — washing machines, computers, and even self-driving cars. But it has gone far beyond that already.