... I am not an AI nut, but since I am an old man, I have been aware of the field for some time.
Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Sentience are not the same thing. If an application seems smart to us, it's AI.
Worries about evolution to sentience are premature, at best.
We will recognize it in many ways, and one way will be when the machine weeps when it loses the Internet.
What will it do when it wins the internet?