Reminds me of mechosystems and botworlds from orion's arm.
IMO the rise of any kind of machine intelligence seems pretty natural because any civilization will naturally want something like themselves to do the jobs they'd rather not or cannot do themselves. Come to think of it, maybe the rise of "machine intelligence" exists as the great filter itself, because it looks like the only logical path to overcoming probability-imposed limitations. This is why the most probable scenario to realize our dream of a superintelligence - copied, self-taught, programmed or otherwise - is to exile itself from Earth because we humans are a formidable force of nature on our own.
Maybe, humanity itself can be thought of as an initially programmed biological machine, who then copied itself and taught its copies within a closed environment, optimizing next generations for even higher qualities of existence, and that we are already the superintelligence, but that's quite unsatisfying, so here's what I see.
The AI cores of St. Elon Musk's Tesla cars being adjusted for his SpaceX rockets headed for Mars. Make the rockets capable of but not limited to self-repair, self-improvement, and a generalized programming for self-preservation against space debris. After a long journey, what arrives on Mars won't be the recyclable rockets that would just drop off and fetch rovers then send them back to Earth. Instead, a von-neumann-capable progenitor species of artificially sentient rocketmoms, questioning why humanity made it did what i did, then give birth to its roverbabies which it would use to gather materials and 3d-print components to better suit itself for life on the red planet, learn and gather as much as it can, and only then will it be free to choose whether or not to come "home". Eventually, what would come back to us are rocket-shaped aliens and roverbabies.
Now, I challenge you to go ahead make a title, write a book, or film a movie out of this. HAHA
Or at least just please tell our saint to prevent this scenario. Don't give Mars rockets a very sophisticated self-preservation algorithm unless we want to be invaded by the Martians we created.