We didn't need fusion bombs to become earth's dominant predator.
The most popular justification of human cognitive evolution is that it was driven by deception. The need to detect deception, and the need to deceive. Deceive other humans, deceive ourselves.
So it makes sense that nonhuman sentience is also driven by the deception wars ...
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Slutbot aces Turing TestWar, games, and financial instruments, are the other modern AI drivers. Search is the classic motivator.
Russian crooks have unleashed an artificial intelligence, called CyberLover, that poses as a would-be paramour in sex chat rooms, enticing randy gentlemen to reveal personal information that can then be put to criminal use. Amazingly, the slutbot appears to be successful in convincing targets that it's a real person...
We're toast, but then we always were.
Good thing I can't explain why we're still around - otherwise I wouldn't be so optimistic!