Got to love the odd, somewhat tweaky way in which the researcher denies the possibility of these robots taking over. And the humorous way that the question is always brought up with advanced robotics research.
Obviously, these robots wouldn’t take over — they’re probably dumber than unicellular organisms, at present.
But does that mean that robots of this type won’t be the new superior weapon, 20 years or so down the line? No — they very well could be. Especially for more subtle applications than blowing things up, such as spying, or sabotage.
Also, it gives us a look into how advanced Artificial Intelligences could use robotics to influence the world, a decade or two from now. No need to view this from the lens of sci-fi hysteria, but the prospect of AIs orchestrating swarms of robots will be a near-future reality.