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Overview

Facts On File's new Science and Technology in Focus series is geared to making cutting-edge science and technology subjects accessible to middle and high school students, using straightforward language and appealing line illustrations and photographs. In this new and expanded edition of Robotics, Ellen Thro, a noted science writer and researcher, presents a compelling overview of this evolving area of artificial intelligence. Since the original edition of Robotics was published nearly a decade ago, many advances in the areas of miniaturization, sensory feedback, and voice recognition have transformed the development and use of intelligent robotics. Once the products only of people's imaginations, real robots are more and more commonplace today in many familiar environments, especially homes, offices, and hospitals. This volume covers the history and development of robotics (including a "Robot Family Tree"), the anatomy of a robot (vision systems, sensors, and control mechanisms), industrial robots and how they are used around the world, specialized robots (used in the military, in space, and in hazardous situations), and the changing relationship between robots and humans in this new century. Robotics includes an extensive index, a glossary of terms to help readers better understand the field, an appendix of robotics-oriented websites, and a bibliography of current sources for further research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816047017
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Science and Technology in Focus Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IX
Introduction XI
1 The Robot Family Tree 1
Robots through the Ages 2
Automatons 4
Computers 8
Factory Automation 9
Factory Tools That Do People's Work 10
Artificial Life and Intelligent Robots 11
Modern Fictional Robots 17
From Robot to ... Human? 19
2 Anatomy of a Robot 21
Arms, Hands, and Joints 21
Moving Around 24
Today's Dinosaurs--Robots or Not? 26
Robotic Navigation 28
Sensing Its Surroundings 29
Command Center--The Brain 32
A Robot's World 33
Putting It Together in the Real World 33
Robot Academy--Robots Learning to Be Robots 34
From Master-Slave to Android 36
3 Robots on the Job Today 39
Robots in the Factory 40
Computer-Managed Production 41
Service Industry 44
SAM--Sewer Access Module 46
Working in Hazardous Environments 47
Security Robots 51
Underwater Robots 54
Hospitals, Medicine, and Genomics 58
Genomics 61
Robots at Work in the 21st Century 62
4 Artificial Intelligence 65
What Does the Human Brain Do? 66
Are There Intelligent Artificial Systems? 68
Domain Expert 70
Reasoning 71
The Future of Expert Systems 73
Uncertainty 74
Probability 77
Computers for AI 78
Multitasking or Parallel Processing 79
AI Languages 81
Brainlike Neural Networks 83
5 Intelligent and Advanced Robots 85
Are There Intelligent Robots? 85
How Smart Should Robots Be? 87
Robotic Planning 88
Interacting with the Environment 91
Introspection 91
Improved Robotic Body Parts 91
Threat Response 95
Telepresence or Haptics 96
Social Robots 99
Brainless, But Intelligent Robots 102
Microrobots 104
Nanorobots 106
6 Space Robots--Past, Present, and Future 109
Space Stations in the 1970s 110
United States Space Shuttle 114
International Space Station 115
Missions to Mars 122
First Robotic Explorers 122
Mars Odyssey 125
Missions to Venus 127
Solar System and Beyond--Probes and Observatories 127
Aerial Robotics 130
7 Robots, Society, and You 133
Humanoid Robots 134
Robots as Toys 138
Robot Kits 142
Building Robots from Scratch 144
Robot Contests 144
8 The Future of Robotics 149
Robotics Industry 149
Robots in the Near Future 152
Robots in the More Distant Future 154
Living Robots? 155
Ant Colonies and Swarm Robots 157
Biomimetic Robots 159
Partnering with a Robot 161
Human-Robot Convergence and the "Three Laws of Robotics" Revisited 162
The Changing Roles of Robots and People 163
Appendixes
Chronology 167
Glossary 169
Further Reading 179
Robotics-Oriented Websites 181
Stores and Websites Selling Robots, Robot Kits, and/or Robot Books 185
Index 187
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