?We?re moving more and more towards an interface like the interface
we have with each other. Our whole trend is toward ever more intimate interactions
with machines [...] and with each phase, machines are doing something ever more
central to our lives.?
?Paul Saffo, technology forecaster, Stanford University
While it is highly unlikely that the future will bring us a Bender Rodriguez, the beer-guzzling, chain-smoking, high-tech bending robot who works and l...