Science fiction often portrays dystopian scenarios of the future, often involving repression of the human race by machines. In this article I argue that taking these warnings seriously might not be a bad idea. Science fiction reflects a lot of the mentality of its makers and society in general, and often builds and comments on existing societal issues.
One of the defining qualities of human beings is the urge and the ability to transcend past limitations through self-directed action. This essentially makes a definition of human beings a moving target. This is our wildcard, and it represents our greatest potential and greatest curse.