posted on Mar, 22 2004 @ 12:17 PM
i agree that it's possible... hopefully any AI will follow Asimov's Laws of Robots
A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
and the self-aware machine first came about, in my knowledge, in Heinlein's novel "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress." i suggest it for reading.