How do you know Apple Maps wasn't already their first attempt on us?
It could be that humanities only purpose is to bring intelligent silicon based lifeforms into the world. I mean, it's like we're doing anything else productive in the grand scheme of things.
The Singularity is near...
Surely there is a better way for them to communicate than the multicolor lights. It seems like a really slow process. Why couldn't the flying bot use a laser to target and communicate to specific bots? Or assign each bot a unique address, like a MAC, and logically communicate like systems on a network.
Anyway, these systems are still just using preprogrammed scenario's to figure out how to navigate. I'll be impressed when they figure out a solution without having a database of possible solutions to draw from.