An anonymous reader writes: Artificial intelligence — the ability for a machine to think like a human — is creeping ever closer. A future where humans live happily alongside cyborgs will happen by 2050 — according to university professors of robotics. This piece looks at how robots are already a part of our lives, and how this will continue more so in the very near future. Military drones, driverless cars and sex robots — they're all either already here or on the way. A scary thought? Or exciting prospect? Professor Kevin Warwick, of Reading University's Cybernetics department and Noel Sharkey of Sheffield University fight it out.