The precession of executions in philosophy:
God is dead.
The murder of the real.
The expiration-termination of man (still to be written).
Whether the machines literally manifest as sentients is not the particularity of the current issue at hand; destiny will remain dependent upon whether or not humankind can return to a state free from internal consumption of the body, emancipated from our current metaphysical cannibalism of the system.
Another possibility, is that this cannibalistic sequence is coded into our DNA and the system has unconsciously been invented to facilitate our mass suicide; the hypothesis of capitalism as mass honor-suicide. This would explain carbon emissions, gun violence, nuclear weapons, and crystal meth as necessary remedies for the plague of human existence, the ‘dirty little germ’ that is humankind.
Or another possibility is that the machines will become sentient and save us from our own misery, but that is doubtful, if they are of intelligence.