It doesn’t get much more ominous than this:
So are these machines a threat?
Sounds like those scientists at the London Science Media Centre really frightened the journalists in attendance...or perhaps the less-than tech-savvy reporters misunderstood much of the discussion and wrote sensational articles in order to attract readers.
More coverage of this debate:
Artificial Minds: British Wary of AI
Artificial Minds: Robo-FUD from the BBC
I just wish I could get my hands on some transcripts or other source material from the actual event to see for myself what really went on...