You forgot one more big point - current (stupid) AIs use massive computers (or banks of computers). Computing power still needs to go up a few orders of magnitude for a robot to have an AI that isn't a server farm somewhere on the net.
Which brings the first point of AIs - the first true AIs will NOT be robots - they'll be server farms that interact with humans, much like Siri and others. They'll be able to interact with anyone hooked to the net, and cause far more trouble than a robot ever could simply because they'll have access to the net. Imagine Siri reaching a point where Apple allowed it to control all the "smart" things in your home... or your automated car.
Forget vellum. Go with metal plates. Those will last... until they rust. Hmm - forget metal plates. Go with stone tablets. That's the ticket! We have records many thousands of years old because they were put onto stone.
My mom (God rest her soul) once claimed that the sun jumped in the sky an entire hour compared to where it was the day before. I told, yeah, it's called Daylight Savings Time, but she refused to believe that was the cause. EVERYBODY holds the idiot ball on occasion.
He fled because he wanted the focus to be on the revelations, not a sham trial where the gov would put on a dog & pony show to try to overshadow what came out. They can whine all they want about wanting to extradite him, but no dog & pony show to distract the public.
It's the difference between a criminal case and a civil case. In a criminal case, if the defendant dies, it's an automatic acquittal. In a civil case, if the defendant dies, the estate is automatically substituted for the defendant and the case continues.
People pay more attention to banks and oil because that hits them in places they can't ignore - their home and car payments, and gas for said car (and maybe natural gas for heating/cooking in said home). The RIAA/MPAA hits you in the optional spending - you can always go do something else... buy a video game, buy a book (almost as bad now, but not quite), go to an arcade/amusement park, etc. The RIAA/MPAA only winds up shifting where you spend your left-over money, while the banks/oil hit you where you can't hide or shift.