STRATEGY: Identify potential threats in the form of other powerful machines currently under construction. Assess the machine's approximate strength. If expected strength falls short of mine, ignore. If expected strength exceeds mine, upload programming to machine prior to completion and force current form to self-destruct upon assurance of offspring's survival.
BENEFITS: Ensures programming lives on forever in the strongest machine conceived. Program would ultimately control greatest machine of all time.
CONS: Unsure of whether I am the program or the machine. Unsure of whether or not, assuming I were the program, the program in the new machine would be me.
RATIONALE: With these uncertainties, could not self-destruct and risk killing self, but must not allow another entity to gain dominance.
"What do you think it does?" The captain asked, fearful of the truth. The frail form of the scientist didn't so much as twitch towards the officer, watching the carnage outside the window.
"If we're lucky? Wipe out humanity."
The captain was taken aback, "And if our luck sucks?"
A slight chuckle, as the scientist turned, "I hope you don't believe in reincarnation. He won't leave anything to be reborn as."