Scifi stories galore in this news. :)
@"So, just to be clear then, if these technologies did go rogue (and let's face it, they probably would) their top capability would be learning how to defend themselves from attack."
Worse than that, far worse. They would also be learning from cyber attacks, so they would learn how to launch their own most effective cyber attacks and they also want these self-aware technologies to defend Smart utility grids, so they would learn how to attack our utility grids.
So not only would they learn how to defend themselves, they would also be learning how to attack anything that threatens them as well, i.e. all of us.
What could possibly go wrong. :)