Sawstop is great technology, there is no denying that, and for those that can afford to purchase a new saw it is well worth considering and in some cases such as schools it is pretty well essential.
We often hear their technology compared to seat belts, and how in a few years just like seat belts nobody will consider using a saw without the technology. This is where the Kool-Aide factor comes in, seat belts protect you from accidents caused by other drivers, no matter how safe a driver you are, you have no control over other reckless or drunk drivers on the road. On the other hand you are the sole operator of your saw, you are in control of the situation, any accident is caused by you, so in most cases safe practices will keep you safe.
Power tools need respect, but they should not be feared, if you are using a tool that scares you shut it off, you are going to hurt yourself, if all tools scare you find another hobby, operating any machine is not for everybody. If you need a saw that is designed not to hurt you you are in the wrong business because something else is likely going to get you eventually.
With sincere respect to @FrankC
and others, I disagree.
Frank and others believe that if you follow good practices and care, you can avoid a table saw injury, even over a lifetime of woodworking. They believe that you can teach yourself habits so ingrained that you will never experience a table saw injury.
If FrankC were somehow magically assured that the roads would be totally empty with no drunks or anyone else driving around, would Frank drive his family without buckling the seat belts? After all, Frank would be "the sole operator of his car, in control of the situation, any accident is caused by Frank, so in most cases safe practices will keep him safe." Do you agree with that?
We are human, subject to human frailties, fallibilities, and the ravages of age. Even if I were the sole driver on the road, I would still buckle my safety belt, along with safety belts for my spouse and children. I take that for granted, don't you?
I know too many well-respected, well-regarded woodworkers who have sustained serious table saw injuries. They lived a lifetime of following good safety practices. All it took was one mistake. It is heartbreaking to see.
I view SawStop as an insurance policy against certain types of table saw injuries. SawStop should be considered insurance against that one mistake in a lifetime.
I hope that nobody views SawStop as encouraging sloppy safety habits. If so, they miss the point completely. I hope that nobody I know will ever trigger a SawStop. In an ideal world, none of us would ever trigger our SawStop, but it is nice to know that we are covered.