"Let's get one thing straight," explains Professor Michael Littman of Brown University's Department of Computer Science. "A world in which humans are enslaved or destroyed by superintelligent machines of our own creation is purely science fiction. Like every other technology, AI has risks and benefits, but we cannot let fear dominate the conversation or guide AI research."
Writing in Live Science, he outlines historic and recent efforts to combat the perceived problem, tests the threat of "runaway intelligence" against Moore's law and the NP-completeness of computational problems associated with human intelligence, and finally welcomes open discussion as a tool against the anti-AI movement.
The entire editorial is available here.