So, my attempts to drum up discussion on social media on this topic were fruitless, so I'll turn to the forums.
The link I posted below contains the first of a two-part post on artificial intelligence from the folk(s) at Wait But Why. I discovered the site by accident when learning about the Fermi Paradox, and have followed it ever since. The topics are well thought out, well researched and thought provoking.
The discussion on AI, however, was especially enlightening and got my mind racing. But I'm hungry to talk about it and would love to hear your impressions.
One word of warning: the posts are LONG! But, I promise you, they're worth the effort and time if you have even a remote interest. It's changed my perspective.
Hopeful and eager to hear your thoughts... http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html