The Coming Robot Revolution: Expectations and Fears About Emerging Intelligent, Humanlike Machines / Edition 1by Yoseph Bar-Cohen, David Hanson
Pub. Date: 03/28/2009
Publisher: Springer New York
This book discusses the emergence of humanlike robots into our everyday world. It covers the trends, possibilities, and concerns we will all feel with their emergence. Robots will walk, talk, and look ever more like people, and with the speed at which new technologies develop, this may happen very soon. Robots will be in homes, in space, in workplaces, in hospitals
This book discusses the emergence of humanlike robots into our everyday world. It covers the trends, possibilities, and concerns we will all feel with their emergence. Robots will walk, talk, and look ever more like people, and with the speed at which new technologies develop, this may happen very soon. Robots will be in homes, in space, in workplaces, in hospitalseverywhere. Their capabilities will soon surpass what has been usually considered science fiction. In what directions will the technology be taking us, and how will the presence of these robots challenge our identity? This book explores the fascinating implications of robot technology while alerting of its possibly disturbing flipside.
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Table of Contents
Emerging Humanoids and Humanlike Robots.- How to Make a Humanlike Robot.- Prosthetics, Exoskeletons, and Bipedal Ambulators.- Mirroring Humans.- Trends in Robotics.- Ethical Issues and Concerns–Are they going to continue to be with us or will they turn against us?.- A Whole New World.
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My interest with robots started after purchasing my (iRobot Roomba): A small circular robotic device that is cleaning the floor beneath my feet as I'm writing this review. I really enjoyed this book because its simple narrative and thought provoking illustrations and images made the important topic of humanlike robots accessible to people like me who are not experts in science and robotics. (but now that they no longer have to clean the floor, have time to read about it). The book opens a window to the future and allows us to envision the changes that this future entails. As the book observes ""even though we cannot really predict the full range and specific changes that human-inspired robots may bring about, the power of our imagination may help to examine the coming impact of robots". And now after reading this book, I feel that the fundamental changes that we imagine humanlike robots will bring to our lives and society, are right around the corner.