Robots to take over the world! Or, perhaps, just help you solve The Times' crossword

brain_microchip_god.gifRelax! Intelligent robots and computers aren’t going to take over the human race ((at least, I don’t think so), but they are likely to get a lot more advanced, and could well end up providing a built-in intelligence boost for us mere mortals.

According to Ray Kurzweil — one of 18 influential thinkers chosen by the US National Academy of Engineering to identify the great technological challenges facing humanity in the 21st century — by the year 2029, machines will have artificial intelligence as advanced as humans.

(Or the year 2016 to match Sun readers. Ouch! Kidding!)