Although AI systems can already outperform humans at several well known baseline tasks, i.e. chess, and the Jeopardy competition, they do not currently pose an existential threat to humankind. That situation is in flux, however, as a completely uncontrolled and little regulated profusion of AI systems are created by human software and hardware designers.
This term we will analyze the available information to gain insight as to whether developing artificial intelligence systems pose an existential threat to humankind.
The Wikipedia AI article. Use only as a staring point, and do not trust anything in Wikipedia.
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence – AAAI
An introduction section at AAAI with introductions to various topics.
The library of over 10,000 AI articles in the AAAI site.
An online version of an upper division course in AI from UC Berkley, CS188. FREE
The journal Artificial Intelligence, from Elsevier publishing. Some articles are open access (free) but for most, only abstracts can be seen without exorbitant fees.
This article in the Washington Post discusses the generally inept and clueless responses of today's crop of politicians in addressing both upcoming, and current issues and threats from AI systems.