Bronzes. Highly advanced androids created by humans to originally serve as autonomous labour, they have since gained sentience and indeed sapience. Self-replicating and qualified as living, they live among human societies as citizens, famed for their honest and blunt nature. Mostly working as technicians and guards, they are efficient and respected.
Ray Kurzweil and his Singularity Theory, propose that artificial intelligence will soon surpass human intelligence ... just when will technology be in charge...be smarter than us...be scary? Are we there yet?