I would hope that computers never become smarter than those who have created them. The irony in that would be funny though. That said, I would suggest that computers will advance as those who create them advance.
This is an interesting question, and it made me think of the people at Google who attempted to recreate the processing power of the human brain by creating a neural network of sixteen thousand computers. Sixteen thousand computers may seem like a lot of computers, but even so, it still does not come close to the number of neural connectors in the human brain.
We have a long way to go before duplicating that kind of technology.
Interestingly enough, the Google neural network went to youtube and watched cat videos...and taught itself what a cat was.
I agree that we must first define the word smart. Humans already depend on computers to answer many questions for us. Computers are more efficient, precise, and often more accurate than humans. This doesn't necessarily mean that they are more intelligent. The human brain does not operate on a series of algorithms. We are able to contemplate and understand a vast number of ideas that computers will never be able to grasp. Computers will forever be limited in their ability to process information because of the way in which they operate. We are making computers that can simulate human responses and reactions. Computers will continue to become more and more like humans, but they are trapped by their programing. Humans are likely to be outstripped by computers in some areas, but they will be able to think in many different ways, create new ideas, and perform many feats of intelligence that computers cannot do.
I definitely agree with literature nerd. I would not like a computer to be "smarter" than a human in a way that it is possible for them to take over the world (Have you seen the movies?!), however, I think that many computers today are "smarter" than humans. It is honestly difficult to measure intelligence of a human and a machine because of the vast differences between us.
Hope this helps!
I tend to agree with Cgrant (post 2). Lot of work has been done on artificial engineering and now the information storage (memory), information processing, decision making and communications (intelligence, sensory organs and nervous system) have been made in a way smarter than humans. The motor action has been demonstrated through robotics and these aspects are continuously improving.
Reproduction in terms of production of new similar robots would not be a big deal even in near future. Sensing emotions and responding to those may also be possible but human imagination that controls ones emotions and is also responsible for scientific research may be the areas that might not be possible to achieve. Another aspect that might never be attainable is a reproductive system like animals.
There will always be a difference between the creation of 'The Creator' and that of 'a creation'. So in real sense computer will never become smarter than the humans in spite of all the memory, processing power, communication capabilities and artificial intelligence to take control of the world.
I believe it depends on how you determine what smart is. Computers are more efficent than humans. They can also compute and retain more infromation than human can already. In my opinion, computers are already smarter than humans. If you mean will they have ability to communicate and feel human emotion, I think scientists are already experimenting with this. Robotics allows us to create human like computers that are very much like humans. Scientists are developing technology to make robots more "human-like" in the sense that they will be able to respond to humans and experience human emotions.