26/06/2015 06:50 BST | Updated 26/06/2015 06:59 BST

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak Says Robots Will Turn Us Into Their Pets

Brace yourselves, Apple's co-founder has a theory about what's going to happen to all of us once robots take over the world.

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Speaking at the Freescale Technology Forum 2015 in Austin, Texas Steve Wozniak said that humans will one day become pets once artificially intelligent beings become masters of the planet.

Explaining how the scenario keeps him up at night, Wozniak went as far as saying that he now feeds his dog chicken and steak because of the age old principle of "doing unto" others as you would have them do unto you. How thoughtful.

He told the forum:

"It's actually going to turn out really good for humans. And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before they'd even have the ability.

"They'll be so smart by then that they'll know they have to keep nature, and humans are part of nature. So I got over my fear that we'd be replaced by computers.

"They're going to help us. We're at least the gods originally.


"...If it turned on us, it would surprise us. But we want to be the family pet and be taken care of all the time.

"I got this idea a few years ago and so I started feeding my dog filet steak and chicken every night because 'do unto others."

So how exactly will robots take over the world? According to Wozniak, they will have their entry point through the Internet of Things.

"I want the Internet of Things. It does things for me. I don't have to think.

"The Internet of Things, if it ever did want to take over the world, would send a message to the computers of today saying, 'build us the Internet of Things, that's what we need.' It makes things nice for humans, so we want this."

While Wozniak's scenario is not an immediate threat to our current nonpet-like status, it is a more cheery outlook than the one he maintained in March:

"If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they'll think faster than us and they'll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently."

Until we venture into this Terminatoresque situation, it's probably safe to assume that being a robot's 'pet' is better option than being annihilated.