It's a religious idea -- an eschatology. Which is why believers get so emotional about it. A religion that happens to be very popular among physicists for some reason...
At the end of the day, even physicists need fantasy stories to make sense of the world.
To be specific, I would say that the superintelligence apocalypse is to religion what hard sci-fi is to the fantasy genre. Same content and purpose, but with a veneer of rational plausibility that makes it easier for scientific minds to suspend disbelief
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