Turns out 2009 was the year the first real cyborg was made.
Researchers at the University of Reading in the U.K. made a robot that is powered by biological tissue -- in other words, a cyborg (Robocop took place in 1997 so I guess we are a bit behind, but hey, it is hard to pin an exact date on these things).
Neuron brain cells from a rat, put into a jar, control the robot remotely through a Bluetooth connection (nope, not making this up). The communication is two-way, so the rat brain gets some feedback of where it is, and what it is doing.
"It's quite funny - you get differences between the brains. This one is a bit boisterous and active, while we know another is not going to do what we want it to," said Kevin Warwick, one of the project's researchers (quote taken from website Mendicant Bug).
I feel a bit sorry for the rat -- it is certainly not having a good time in this experiment!