The first applications of Near human level artificial intelligence most people will encounter will probably be spam.
I, for one, welcome our new spambot overlords. I won't be picky, when I start getting interesting contributions in the comment section from spambots. There will be better and better spambots, and the newest and cleverest, and most friendly spambot will instantly become everyone's best friend, teacher and lover.
So how many years it will take, before you have your most meaningful discussions with a friendly and charming spambot? 10, 20, 30? Or will the world end before that? You don't need to impress your human peers, You only want to buy De Beers Diamonds to impress the spambot.