Artificial Intelligence: Robotics and Machine Evolution

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An introduction to the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence and robotics, discussing early science fiction predictions, the dawn of AI, and today's use of robots in factories and space exploration.

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Overview

An introduction to the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence and robotics, discussing early science fiction predictions, the dawn of AI, and today's use of robots in factories and space exploration.

An introduction to the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence and robotics, discussing early science fiction predictions, the dawn of AI, and today's use of robots in factories and space exploration.

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Children's Literature
In the 1920s the word "robot" was first used in a play written by the Czech author, Karol Capek. Since that time, robots, computers and artificial intelligence (AI) have all progressed to a point where mankind may well be on the verge of a truly new millennium of machines. In this concise illustrated book we are introduced to the first thinking machines, advances that have occurred in this field and future directions. The author traces the evolution of "AI" up to not only present applications but also to future possibilities. The utilization of computer-assisted approaches to military technology, medical advances and space exploration is presented. In addition, attention is given to possible uses of "AI" in medical and industrial settings. As computers and robots become steadily more complex they are potentially an evolving force. In a situation wherein a robot has the ability to learn and make decisions, how close to becoming a "living" being does it come? This, and related ethical questions are also dealt with in this informative look at the rapidly evolving world of artificial intelligence. This is an intriguing book that will capture the interest of young readers with a bent for technology. 2001, Crabtree, $20.60 and $8.95. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Gr 5-7-Splashy introductions to burgeoning areas of modern technology. All three titles have bright, full-color photographs on nearly every page. Many captions and sidebars combine with single paragraphs of text to trace the development of these scientific wonders. "Time Track" sections highlight historical discoveries and the scientists who made them. Two-page glossaries define technical terms in full paragraphs. In each volume, several aspects of the main topic are touched upon with enough detail to give readers a basic understanding of the technology and its significance to human life. Artificial Intelligence shows the variety of robotic devices and advances in computer power in use today and those envisioned for the near future. Cloning traces the history of genetic discoveries and theories, including the basics of cellular reproduction and describes research in the genetic engineering of plants, animals, and humans. Cyberspace relates the history of telecommunications, the Internet, and the World Wide Web. Applications of virtual reality to medicine, entertainment, military training, and space exploration indicate its potential value as it continues to be refined. Minor errors do not mar the overall value of material presented. For example, Cyberspace defines optical fiber as "ultra-fine plastic tube" when most optical fibers used in communications are actually glass encased in plastic. David Freedman's Brainmakers (S & S, 1994; o.p.), Linda Tagliaferro's Genetic Engineering (Lerner, 1997), and Sean M. Grady's Virtual Reality (Facts On File, 1998) are less colorful, but provide greater depth of coverage.-Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780778700562
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Megatech Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Lexile: IG1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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