While talking to someone last week about digitization, we got off-topic and began talking about intelligent machines (e.g., scanners that were more intelligent, OCR software that really understood the text, etc). This article, "Why the future doesn't need us", was mentioned. The author, Bill Joy, was the cofounder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems, and cochair of the presidential commission on the future of IT research. Here he talks about theories related to the development of intelligent machines (think of the Borg from Star Trek or the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica). This is a long article, but worth skimming, even if you just skim the first couple of pages.