Robots: From Science Fiction to Technological Revolution

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Robots in one form or another have engaged the popular imagination for centuries. Now, on the cusp of the 21st century, they are poised to saturate every aspect of our culture, from medicine, science, and industry to artworks, toys, and household appliances. Whether playing prominent roles in movies like I, Robot or helping mankind explore the surface of Mars, robots seem to be taking over the world. Robots is the first visual survey to focus ...
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Overview

Robots in one form or another have engaged the popular imagination for centuries. Now, on the cusp of the 21st century, they are poised to saturate every aspect of our culture, from medicine, science, and industry to artworks, toys, and household appliances. Whether playing prominent roles in movies like I, Robot or helping mankind explore the surface of Mars, robots seem to be taking over the world. Robots is the first visual survey to focus on this increasingly important, always newsworthy scientific development and its effects on society.

Covering automatons, androids, and all manner of artificial intelligence, both fictional and real, this massive, comprehensive volume describes the robot's fascinating history and speculates on its probable future. Interviews with scientists, surgeons, manufacturers, science fiction writers, artists, toy creators, and a host of other experts bring tremendous insight to the subject, and the copious illustrations provide visual examples of robots in every environment imaginable. As entertaining as it is informative, this one-of-a-kind book is an indispensable guide to the rapidly approaching Robot Age.

Author Bio: Daniel Ichbiah is a writer, journalist, and musician. He has published more than 50 books on video games, the Internet, MP3s, the world of rock, computer-generated music, and robots. Among his publications is The Making of Microsoft: How Bill Gates and His Team Created the World's Most Successful Software Company.

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Fictional and real robots have been capturing the imagination of adults and children since the 1920s through literature, comics, television, films, and other expressions of pop culture. Writer, journalist, and musician Ichbiah presents a compelling visual survey of the birth of the "age of intelligent machines." In succinct prose accessible to lay readers, he combines historical coverage of personalities and milestones in robotics and artificial intelligence with interviews with scientists, engineers, surgeons, science fiction writers, artists, and toy designers to explore where we've been, where we are, and where we're probably headed. Ichbiah maintains a balance between the technical and the social aspects of artificial intelligence, animatronics, androids, industrial robots, robotic pets, robot-mediated surgery, surveillance drones, interplanetary probes, bionics, and engineering competitions. Successfully translated from French, it exposes readers to pioneers from outside the United States; its visuals alone make it an inspiring unconventional coffee-table book. Strongly recommended for YA and adult collections in public libraries and for academic library collections at all levels.-James A. Buczynski, Seneca Coll. of Applied Arts & Technology, Toronto Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810959064
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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    interesting

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