For me, the first sign that something was wrong was when my phone started threatening me. I thought it was just a virus or something. (I wasnt sure if smartphones could get viruses, but I checked with my friend who works in IT, and she said they could. But thats beside the point.) Tim, our GM, has a no-phones-at-the-table rule, so it was kind of ironic when he answered his and it blew out his eardrums and killed him with a cerebral hemorrhage (at least, thats what my friend whos an EMT says happened), but mostly it was pants-wettingly terrifying. So, that confirmed that something was very wrong.
I have no idea whats causing it. No one Ive talked to does. But all technology, all machines and I mean all of them are trying to kill us. All of us. Computers, cars, water heaters, food processors, toasters everything. Have you ever seen a fax machine kill someone? I cant even describe it.
—"Heavy Metal - Apocalypse," The End of the World: Revolt Of The Machines