I honestly don’t understand all the fear and trepidation surrounding our machines, at least so far as their capacity to take over the planet is concerned. Their economic impacts we can adjust our policies to cope with as needed through programs like a basic income guarantee, so even in that case fear is unwarranted. While computers can do very specific programmable tasks well, none of them have shown any capacity to evolve, let alone signs of self-awareness.
The following is from a piece I recently wrote on this topic. It largely describes why I think machines remain about as stupid as the cotton gin or locomotive, even if they can do more. “Curiosity is, among other things, one very important ‘feature of intelligence’ that so far hasn’t been ‘precisely described,’ and which no program so far devised has even come remotely close to simulating. For all the things our machines can do, they remain as incurious as a stone. So far no computer, no matter how sophisticated, as shown any desire to do any investigating to satisfy its own curiosity.”