Evolution of Sentience and Computer Viruses
My son asked how computer viruses could develop sentience. I'm thinking about viruses which are sophisticated enough to evolve, which may require human initiative to get started.
Fear of Computer Sentience
Science fiction is full of evil machines, perhaps with good reason. A number of futurists, including Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, have spoken strongly about the risks that artificial intelligence (whether sentient or not) poses to mankind. I would not presume to contradict them. When artificial intelligence reaches the point that it becomes self-designing, producing improved replicas without human design, it will exceed our capacity to understand or predict the capabilities of those machines. But I nevertheless think that the development of sentient machines will occur.
Inevitability of Computer Sentience