Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us

Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us

by Rodney Brooks
     
 

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:
1,426,504
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

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

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