I wrote a novelette recently which was set in the near-ish future, after AI has become a major force on Earth. I got thinking about the subject after reading this series of posts at Wait But Why, and it sparked a story. So, the topic is: what will be the consequences of the rise of artificial intelligence on our world? Will it save humanity from destruction? Take over and make us its slaves? Ignore us entirely and fly away into space? Discuss.