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Originally Posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
Woolly mammoth... North American horses and camels. Buffalo, to name a few over history. You are wrong in your assessment. It has only been with the proliferation of humanity in the last few hundred years that encroachment on habitat has been a big issue.
We also stopped mass hunting of animals in favor of domestic breeding which is much easier and less costly in terms of effort applied with respect to results.

Pollution is the same thing. This only becomes a serious and widespread problem with the industrial revolution, and even then it took several hundred years to come to a head.

In both habitat encroachment and pollution, when it got serious enough humanity started taking steps to mitigate it.

So, again we're back to an AI that would have no reason to exterminate humanity because it wanted to unless it were outright some evil force doing to simply out of psychopathic pleasure or some insane motivation, probably foisted on it by humanity itself. (See the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement... )
It comes down to motivation. Why expend all that effort and energy on what would be a largely useless outcome? Besides, we'd make great pets!
Twenty years down the road when everyone has a household bot and some jihadi decides to hack them... Could happen...

That's why I've designed a 12 gauge EMP round. Works too.
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