Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us

Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us

by Rodney Brooks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 037572527X

ISBN-13: 9780375725272

Pub. Date: 02/04/2003

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Are we really on the brink of having robots to mop our floors, do our dishes, mow our lawns, and clean our windows? And are researchers that close to creating robots that can think, feel, repair themselves, and even reproduce?

Rodney A. Brooks, director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believes we are. In this lucid and accessible book, Brooks

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Are we really on the brink of having robots to mop our floors, do our dishes, mow our lawns, and clean our windows? And are researchers that close to creating robots that can think, feel, repair themselves, and even reproduce?

Rodney A. Brooks, director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believes we are. In this lucid and accessible book, Brooks vividly depicts the history of robots and explores the ever-changing relationships between humans and their technological brethren, speculating on the growing role that robots will play in our existence. Knowing the moral battle likely to ensue, he posits a clear philosophical argument as to why we should not fear that change. What results is a fascinating book that offers a deeper understanding of who we are and how we can control what we will become.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375725272
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/04/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,260,881
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Prologueix
1.Dances with Machines3
2.The Quest for an Artificial Creature12
3.Planetary Ambassadors32
4.It's 2001 Already63
5.Machines to Live With99
6.Where Am I?127
7.We Are Special148
8.We Are Not Special172
9.Them and Us197
10.Us as Them213
Epilogue237
AppendixHow Genghis Works241
Index253

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