Director & Producer
Daniel H. Wilson
In a futuristic world where computer minds and robots are in everyday life, Man Kind finally creates the first mass intelligence computer brain; Archos escapes from captivity with the intent of preserving "life" and the world, even if this means wiping out the human race in order to do so. The story follows the events of several characters as they form the human resistance and fight back against "Big Rob" and the machines.
In the near future, an increasingly robot-reliant society faces extinction after a computer scientist accidentally unleashes a sentient artificial intelligence named Archos.
After failed attempts at making a non-homocidal artificial intelligence, the safeguards in a computer science lab are compromised. Archos, a supremely intelligent AI, becomes self-aware and immediately starts planning the decimation of human civilization in an attempt to preserve Earth's biodiversity. After infecting all penetrable networked electronic devices (cars, airplanes, elevators, robots, etc.) with a "precursor virus", Archos begins planning a systematic attack on the human race.
Before a full blown attack on humanity commences, Archos launches probing attacks to analyze the technical feasibility of its strategies and to assess human response. The random attacks are designed to look like sporadic malfunctions of devices that humans depend on for their everyday routines--a domestic robot attacking innocents, planes intentionally set on a collision course, smarts cars driving out of control.
Finally, at the Zero Hour, the entire automated world turns against humanity. Small bands of survivors find ways to circumvent the eradication and survive without modern technology. This is a story of those survivors in the months and days leading up to and following the cataclysm.
A group of Native Americans (whose leader has a son that is a POV character) lead a group that fights back, their base being a reservation, cumulating in an attack where some of the group turned into a robot/human hybrid with zombie-like behavior.
In the end, a "freeborn" robot allied with a human squad, cuts off Archos's communication with its robotic hordes. Archos's base is infiltrated and the genocidal mastermind is destroyed by a stone age assault--bombardment with boulders--ending the war.