"I, Robot", a movie from 2004 set in the year 2035 where humans and robots coexist, but the humanoid robots are really just assistants and labor workers for humans. These robots run on an AI supercomputer called V.I.K.I, but all it took is for V.I.K.I to become self aware and turn the robots on the humans, much like "Terminator" with SkyNet, but with a bit less violence.
The year is 2017 and we are not yet at the point where we have AI mastered enough to create robots like those in "I, Robot" and "Terminator", but we are getting very close. The point is, we'll more than likely see robots like those in "I, Robot" before the year of the movie, 2035. The way the technology is going in AI and robotics, we could see mass produced AI equipped robot assistants as early as 2025.
This decade has been huge not just for robotics, but artificial intelligence. We're perfecting it more and more every year, and some people like Stephen Hawking believe that may not be a good thing. AI is very beneficial, and having robotic assistants and workers would make life much easier for humans, but you have to contain the AI.
Companies, developers, and the military needs to know when to say "enough is enough", and we've gone too far, which is very hard for all mentioned to do so. The military needs to make sure they prevent the "Terminator" scenario, and you can be sure there will be those in the military that understands this stuff and advises against it. However, the military can do some serious damage and have extreme tactical advantage with the right AI and robotics.
We're 18 years from 2035, and we are in the process of mastering AI and laying the ground work for robot assistants and workers. The trend of these technologies, along with the constant advancement in technology, it's hard to believe that it'll take 18 years or longer to achieve an "I, Robot" type of life.
Here's a video from Engadget to show where we're at with "domestic robots":
It seems as if for the everyday person, companies are focusing on smaller robots for now. You won't find the humanoid looking robots unless you go to independent makers, sex-robot makers, or somewhere in a US military research facility. The US Marines have unveiled a much scarier "dog looking" robot though, so the humanoids/cyborgs shouldn't be far behind.
Here's a cool video from Bloomberg about quite possibly the most "life-like" robot ever built:
"Erica", the robot's name, is a bit creepy, and her creator seems a little creepy himself, but both are very smart. Erica is a perfect example of future robots, now they may not all come with a gender, but you get the idea, humanoid robots.
Once it is cheaper and easier to make smart humanoid robots, they'll soon be mass produced and enter our daily lives in one way or another. Fast food chains are looking into this technology, one chain has a robot flipping burgers at a restaurant.
The possibilities and opportunities are countless when it comes to robots and AI. We're only going to increase our research and money into creating robots and perfecting AI, we just need to know when to stop. AI has the potential to benefit humans, give robots AI, human civilization can be more efficient and easier.
We must listen to scientists, like Hawking, when it comes to this stuff; don't over militarize the technology and do not make them too smart and/or capable of learning too much, it could be the end of the world if we do. Robots could easily deceive us and use their "brain" to benefit themselves.
2025, if all goes as well, we should have a similar life, regarding robots and AI, to "I, Robot" a good 10 years before 2035.