The mob, like a million, breathless, cyber-age Paul Reveres, are warning as many people as they can.Speed is of the essence, it seems, and in an effort to move as quickly as possible many have simply had to leave punctuation at home to save weight.

The prize is based on the ‘Turing test’, where a judge communicating with a robot via keyboard should have trouble determining whether the machine is human or not.

Levy also happens to be an international chess master, kicking off his programming career in computer chess.

Siri is just one indicator of how easily the idea of talking to robots, and the machines talking back, has crept into everyday life.

Artificial intelligence pioneer David Levy believes it won’t be too long until we’re having sex with them.

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He told Marketing: "It isn’t because it is better to converse with or have a relationship with a chatbot or robot than a human, but because some people can’t create good relationships for themselves.

There are lonely people out there." Levy is the research side of Erotic Chatbots, which has just launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund chatbots that flirt or have pornographic chat with lonely hearts online.

Take Siri, Apple’s smart personal assistant on i Phone.