Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.
But if the technological Singularity can happen, it will.
The physical extinction of the human race is one possibility.
Note that I am not proposing that AI research be ignored or less funded.
How will the approach of the Singularity spread across the human world view?
It is a point where our old models must be discarded and a new reality rules.
The dilemma felt by science fiction writers will be perceived in other creative endeavors.
Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence.
I argue in this paper that we are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.
When people speak of creating superhumanly intelligent beings, they are usually imagining an AI project.