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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 depictsAre 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....

Title : Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us
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ISBN : 9780375725272
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us Reviews

  • Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
    2019-01-16 20:22

    This was a good book at first. It's very definitely a popular book, geared towards readers with little or no knowledge of robotics, programming, or AI. (Though even a moderate background in any of these subjects will probably enhance appreciation of the book.) The discussions of how to overcome various problems in robotics are interesting, as is his history of the discipline. (I had no idea that Hero of Alexandria had built pneumatic automata and a primitive steam engine.) However, the book falters in the last three chapters, as the author rebuts theorists he disagrees with, and tries to argue that humans and robots are both machines. (I will concede that humans are systems but feel that calling them machines stretches that word too much. This semantic quibble might be mitigated if the author had explicitly defined machine, but he didn't, that I noticed.)This book was published in 2002, and there is no real awareness of energy and sustainability issues that I noticed.

  • Bill White
    2019-01-16 22:00

    A little dated now (2002), but a good read. I especially like the B-52 analogy in the epilogue. The aircraft has not changed that much in outward (bodily) appearance, but internally it is nothing like the what flew 50 years ago (how many technologies survive for this long? I hate to say it but much of our technology is driven by military research. Eg: ARPA -> Internet.) Our human bodies are changing in the same ways, incorporating new technologies and adaptively retrofitting until we eventually merge with our technology.

  • Spencer
    2018-12-30 18:01

    Rodney Brooks is an icon in my field. He discusses his work in creating robots that don't perform heavy cognitive computations but rather have direct sensory to motor action loops. His motivation for this came from Walter Grey who built simple robots with complicated behavior resulting in multiple sensory simple systems interacting on motor systems in complex ways.He believes the future of robotics in human society will be greatly beneficial. He neither subscribes to an utopic or dystopic future.

  • Laura Grabowski
    2018-12-19 21:18

    Excellent introduction to artificial intelligence and Brooks' behavior-based ideas. How can I NOT warm up to a guy who got into computer science because of HAL?

  • Endria
    2018-12-29 00:05

    Robots and technology are the future. The techie/regular people divide need not be so wide. Learn as much about what's happening in fields far from home as you can - and it's super interesting to read about what big brains are doing at MIT.

  • Mr
    2019-01-03 18:14

    dont remember that much, must not have been good

  • Electric-guitar
    2019-01-03 22:02

    Easy to read, but can be long winded, got a bit more exciting towards the end. Otherwise an interesting read.

  • Arash Kamangir
    2019-01-04 19:11

    How can such a great scientist miss the social context of technology altogether?

  • Tom Williams
    2019-01-02 01:10

    I enjoyed reading about Brooks' career as a roboticist, but felt the final futurist chapters to be unnecessary.

  • LNH
    2019-01-08 23:58

    Didn't finish. The book is mostly about the author's research through the years, it's only the last few chapters that are a bit more forward looking.

  • David Littlewood
    2019-01-01 18:04

    Found recommendation for this book while reading Michio Kaku's "Physics of the Future". Began reading on 22 June 2011.

  • Sean
    2019-01-01 00:01

    Just got this book. Cant wait to read it. I will be diving into it tonight.Sean

  • Madleetgeek
    2018-12-24 01:10

    A fun look at the world of AI through one of the greatest minds of out time.