The onward march of technology can be quite exhilarating as new developments promise to usher in a new era of ease, education and wellbeing for all of humanity. But with every silver lining there is a dark cloud. The integration of computers and people is certain to come, sooner than many of us expect. But who will claim superiority over the destiny of our planet when technologically augmented human beings clash with the rise of artificial intelligence? And what is the role of the strange dragonfly drones, which appear to be of extraterrestrial A.I. origin, in all of this?