Living with Robots Book

Living with Robots


  • Author : Ruth Aylett
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2021-09-21
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262365475

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Living with Robots Excerpt :

The truth about robots: two experts look beyond the hype, offering a lively and accessible guide to what robots can (and can't) do. There’s a lot of hype about robots; some of it is scary and some of it utopian. In this accessible book, two robotics experts reveal the truth about what robots can and can’t do, how they work, and what we can reasonably expect their future capabilities to be. It will not only make you think differently about the capabilities of robots; it will make you think differently about the capabilities of humans. Ruth Aylett and Patricia Vargas discuss the history of our fascination with robots—from chatbots and prosthetics to autonomous cars and robot swarms. They show us the ways in which robots outperform humans and the ways they fall woefully short of our superior talents. They explain how robots see, feel, hear, think, and learn; describe how robots can cooperate; and consider robots as pets, butlers, and companions. Finally, they look at robots that raise ethical and social issues: killer robots, sexbots, and robots that might be gunning for your job. Living with Robots equips readers to look at robots concretely—as human-made artifacts rather than placeholders for our anxieties. Find out: •Why robots can swim and fly but find it difficult to walk •Which robot features are inspired by animals and insects •Why we develop feelings for robots •Which human abilities are hard for robots to emulate

Living with Robots Book

Living with Robots


  • Author : Paul Dumouchel
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-11-06
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674971738

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Living with Robots Excerpt :

Living with Robots recounts a foundational shift in robotics, from artificial intelligence to artificial empathy, and foreshadows an inflection point in human evolution. As robots engage with people in socially meaningful ways, social robotics probes the nature of the human emotions that social robots are designed to emulate.

Living with Robots Book

Living with Robots


  • Author : Richard Pak
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release Date : 2019-12-13
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 0128153679

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Living with Robots Excerpt :

Living with Robots: Emerging Issues on the Psychological and Social Implications of Robotics focuses on the issues that come to bear when humans interact and collaborate with robots. The book dives deeply into critical factors that impact how individuals interact with robots at home, work and play. It includes topics ranging from robot anthropomorphic design, degree of autonomy, trust, individual differences and machine learning. While other books focus on engineering capabilities or the highly conceptual, philosophical issues of human-robot interaction, this resource tackles the human elements at play in these interactions, which are essential if humans and robots are to coexist and collaborate effectively. Authored by key psychology robotics researchers, the book limits its focus to specifically those robots who are intended to interact with people, including technology such as drones, self-driving cars, and humanoid robots. Forward-looking, the book examines robots not as the novelty they used to be, but rather the practical idea of robots participating in our everyday lives. Explores how individual differences in cognitive abilities and personality influence human-robot interaction Examines the human response to robot autonomy Includes tools and methods for the measurement of social emotion with robots Delves into a broad range of domains - military, caregiving, toys, surgery, and more Anticipates the issues we will encountering with robots in the next ten years Foreword by Maggie Jackson

Robots in Space Book

Robots in Space


  • Author : Nancy Furstinger
  • Publisher : Lerner Digital ™
  • Release Date : 2017-08-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781512467178

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Robots in Space Excerpt :

Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and text highlighting for an engaging read aloud experience! Robots help us understand our universe. Some fly to distant planets. Others work alongside astronauts in space. And some drive across the surface of Mars. How do these robots work, and what are they doing today? Read this book to find out!

Towards Safe Robots Book

Towards Safe Robots


  • Author : Sami Haddadin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2013-09-12
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 9783642403088

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Towards Safe Robots Excerpt :

The vision of seamless human-robot interaction in our everyday life that allows for tight cooperation between human and robot has not become reality yet. However, the recent increase in technology maturity finally made it possible to realize systems of high integration, advanced sensorial capabilities and enhanced power to cross this barrier and merge living spaces of humans and robot workspaces to at least a certain extent. Together with the increasing industrial effort to realize first commercial service robotics products this makes it necessary to properly address one of the most fundamental questions of Human-Robot Interaction: How to ensure safety in human-robot coexistence? In this authoritative monograph, the essential question about the necessary requirements for a safe robot is addressed in depth and from various perspectives. The approach taken in this book focuses on the biomechanical level of injury assessment, addresses the physical evaluation of robot-human impacts, and isolates the major factors that cause human injuries. This assessment is the basis for the design and exploration of various measures to improve safety in human-robot interaction. They range from control schemes for collision detection, reflex reaction, and avoidance to the investigation of novel joint designs that equip robots with fundamentally new capabilities. By the depth of its analysis and exceptionally salient experimental work, this monograph offers one of the most comprehensive treatments of the safety challenge in the field.

Sublime Dreams of Living Machines Book

Sublime Dreams of Living Machines


  • Author : Minsoo Kang
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-02-14
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674059412

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Kang’s central contention is that the automaton, a machine that can move by itself (better known today as the robot), is one of the essential ideas with which people in the West have pondered the very nature of humanity itself. In Kang’s telling, automata are mirrors of the ideas, fears, and anxieties of a given era, in that attitudes towards the machines have always been indicative of a moment’s zeitgeist. The book is historically sweeping, but not comprehensive; the focus is on what Kang takes to be key changes in the representations of and responses to automata. His main interest is on how Europeans in different periods of the past thought about the very notion of a self-moving machine that acted as if it were alive and how they used it for various symbolic and intellectual purposes.

Talking to Robots Book

Talking to Robots


  • Author : David Ewing Duncan
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2019-07-16
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472142894

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One of Time magazine's '32 Books You Need to Read This Summer' -- 'a riveting read'. 'Intensely readable, downright terrifying, and surprisingly uplifting.' Vanity Fair 'A fascinating work of imaginative futurology, a science journalist takes a look at our current technologies and anticipates the human-robot future that could await us - one full of warrior bots, politician bots, doctor bots and sex bots.' One of Barbara VanDenburgh's '5 Books Not to Miss', USA Today One of the best summer reads of 2019, according to top authors David Baldacci and Elizabeth Acevedo on USA Today's Today programme. 'A refreshing variation on the will-intelligent-robots-bring-Armageddon genre . . . this colorful mixture of expert futurology and quirky speculation does not disappoint' Kirkus Reviews What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us, their creators? Will they usher in a fantastic new future, or destroy us? What do some of our greatest thinkers, from physicist Brian Greene and futurist Kevin Kelly to inventor Dean Kamen, geneticist George Church and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, anticipate for our human-robot future? For even as robots and AI intrigue us and make us anxious about the future, our fascination with robots has always been about more than the potential of the technology - it also concerns what robots tell us about being human. From present-day Facebook and Amazon bots to near-future 'intimacy' bots and 'the robot that swiped my job' bots, bestselling American popular science writer David Ewing Duncan's Talking to Robots is a wonderfully entertaining and insightful guide to possible future scenarios about robots, both real and imagined. Featured bots include robot drivers; doc bots; politician bots; warrior bots; sex bots; synthetic bio bots; dystopic bots that are hopefully just bad dreams; and ultimately, God Bot (as described by physicist Brian Greene). These scenarios are informed by discussions with well-known thinkers,

Robots at Home Book

Robots at Home


  • Author : Christine Zuchora-Walske
  • Publisher : Lerner Digital ™
  • Release Date : 2017-08-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781512467154

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Robots at Home Excerpt :

Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and text highlighting for an engaging read aloud experience! Robots work in homes every day. Some vacuum floors or mow lawns. Others keep people company. And some help kids have fun! What robots might you find in someone's home? Read this book to find out!

How to Build Robots Book

How to Build Robots


  • Author : Louise Derrington
  • Publisher : Technology in Motion
  • Release Date : 2016-12
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 0778733947

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How to Build Robots Excerpt :

How to Build Robots instructs readers on how to make useable robots, including one that will scrub a table! Featuring easy-to-follow instructions, vivid photographs, easily accessible materials, and a handy template, readers will delight in watching their creations come to life!

Rise of the Robots Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Rise of the Robots


  • Author : Martin Ford
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2015-05-05
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465040674

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Rise of the Robots Excerpt :

The New York Times-bestselling guide to how automation is changing the economy, undermining work, and reshaping our lives Winner of Best Business Book of the Year awards from the Financial Times and from Forbes "Lucid, comprehensive, and unafraid...;an indispensable contribution to a long-running argument."--Los Angeles Times What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making "good jobs" obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software. As progress continues, blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate, squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further. At the same time, households are under assault from exploding costs, especially from the two major industries-education and health care-that, so far, have not been transformed by information technology. The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself. The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren't going to work. We must decide, now, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. Rise of the Robots is essential reading to understand what accelerating technology means for our economic prospects-not to mention those of our children-as well as for society as a whole.

The Wild Robot Book
Score: 4
From 37 Ratings

The Wild Robot


  • Author : Peter Brown
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2016-04-19
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316382014

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Wall-E meets Hatchet in this New York Times bestselling illustrated middle grade novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown Can a robot survive in the wilderness? When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is--but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a violent storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants. As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home--until, one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her. From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.

Living Machines Book

Living Machines


  • Author : Tony J. Prescott
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-04-26
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199674923

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Contemporary research in the field of robotics attempts to harness the versatility and sustainability of living organisms. By exploiting those natural principles, scientists hope to render a renewable, adaptable, and robust class of technology that can facilitate self-repairing, social, and moral--even conscious--machines. This is the realm of robotics that scientists call "the living machine." Living Machines can be divided into two entities-biomimetic systems, those that harness the principles discovered in nature and embody them in new artifacts, and biohybrid systems, which couple biological entities with synthetic ones. Living Machines: A handbook of research in biomimetic and biohybrid systems surveys this flourishing area of research. It captures the current state of play and points to the opportunities ahead, addressing such fields as self-organization and co-operativity, biologically-inspired active materials, self-assembly and self-repair, learning, memory, control architectures and self-regulation, locomotion in air, on land or in water, perception, cognition, control, and communication. In all of these areas, the potential of biomimetics is shown through the construction of a wide range of different biomimetic devices and animal-like robots. Biohybrid systems is a relatively new field, with exciting and largely unknown potential, but one that is likely to shape the future of humanity. Chapters outline current research in areas including brain-machine interfaces-where neurons are connected to microscopic sensors and actuators-and various forms of intelligent prostheses from sensory devices like artificial retinas, to life-like artificial limbs, brain implants, and virtual reality-based rehabilitation approaches. The handbook concludes by exploring the impact living machine technology will have on both society and the individual, by forcing human beings to question how we see and understand ourselves. With contributions from leading researchers drawing on

Human Robot Interaction Book

Human Robot Interaction


  • Author : Christoph Bartneck
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-05-07
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108735407

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Human Robot Interaction Excerpt :

This broad overview for graduate students introduces multidisciplinary topics from robotics to sociology which are needed to understand the area.

Zoobots Book

Zoobots


  • Author : Helaine Becker
  • Publisher : Kids Can Press Ltd
  • Release Date : 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781554539710

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Zoobots Excerpt :

Science fiction comes to life in this riveting showcase of zoobots -- robots inspired by animals. Detailed reports on machines that look and behave like creepy, crawly creatures such as geckos, jellyfish and bats will encourage budding scientists to imagine the next zoobot.

Homemade Robots Book

Homemade Robots


  • Author : Randy Sarafan
  • Publisher : No Starch Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-10
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781718500242

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Homemade Robots Excerpt :

Homemade Robots teaches total beginners how to quickly and easily build 10 mobile, autonomous bots with simple tools and common household materials. A Perfect DIY STEAM adventure for the electronically curious. Homemade Robots is a beginner’s guide to building a wide range of mobile, autonomous bots using common household materials. Its 10 creative and easy-to-follow projects are designed to maximize fun with minimal effort—no electronics experience necessary! From the teetering Wobbler to the rolling Barreller, each bot is self-driving and has a unique personality. There’s the aptly named Inchworm Bot made of aluminum rulers; Buffer, a street sweeper-like bot that polishes the floor as it walks; and Sail Bot, which changes direction based on the wind. Randy Sarafan’s hacker approach to sculptural robotics will appeal to builders of all ages. You’ll learn basic electronics, get comfortable with tools and mechanical systems, and gain the confidence to explore further on your own. A wide world of robots is yours to discover, and Homemade Robots is the perfect starting point.