Re: Is this good news or bad news?
Nothing good? The credit fraud detection software protecting your Visa card? IBM Watson to help diagnose cancer and other illnesses? There is a long list of these type of apps, none of these are "good" for us?
It's like you think SkyNet is inevitable if we continue down this road. But I will admit that when I read the line in article that said "although we don't fully understand conciousness yet", it put a damper on any conclusions these guys gave.
I think that if AI ever creates self awareness and self preservation in the machine, that's when the science fiction movies begin to look a little more real. Scariest one I have seen is Eagle Eye. Not feasible today but didn't look that far off from possible reality. The computer was not trying to self actualize, like Data in Star Trek Next Generation, but simply survive when it learned it was going to be shut down.