ROBOTS with human brains could become a reality in ten years, according to experts.
Of course robots with human brains could never really be 'the norm', but they are likely to dominate the robotics market and, with the wrong sort of brain, our pitiful, flabby, dirty, loathsome human bodies too.
Kevin Warwick, a Professor of cyborg technology, has said that cyborg technology is advancing at such a rate that it we - we assume he means he - could be using robots with "advanced biological control systems", that is, brains, in the car and around the house within the next ten years.
We can assure you Doc Warwick, we won't be. They sound awful and frightening.
To be fair, the headline for the press release we were sent about this put the idea of 'robots with human brains' in our heads, but in reality it's a little less sensational and actually rather good. Maybe.
Warwick said that the technology is already being used in a basic way to help people suffering from Alzheimer's, causing us to stop digging the moat around our house and cancel the orders for petrol generators and electromagnetic pulse cattle prods.
Hang on though, we might have emptied our shopping carts too soon, as the robotic apocalpse is still a very real possibility. According to Warwick ,future uses could see employers ramp up their workforce and output by swapping puny earthlings for stronger, more capable robots.
Professor Warwick says, "With the right investment and the right ethical applications, cyborgs will be able to add a huge range of benefits to society - from helping people with diseases to improving manufacturing efficiency. This technology is only just in its infancy, so the biggest impact of all will be in terms of commercial opportunities."
Warwick - or will it be his cyborg replacement? - will be doing his best Gary Numan impression at the Institution of Engineering and Technology tomorrow.
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