Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind

Paperback | April 6, 2000

byHans Moravec

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In this compelling book, Hans Moravec predicts that machines will attain human levels of intelligence by the year 2040, and that by 2050, they will surpass us. But even though Moravec predicts the end of the domination by human beings, his is not a bleak vision. Far from railing against afuture in which machines rule the world, Moravec embraces it, taking the startling view that intelligent robots will actually be our evolutionary heirs. "Intelligent machines, which will grow from us, learn our skills, and share our goals and values, can be viewed as children of our minds." Andsince they are our children, we will want them to outdistance us. In fact, in a bid for immortality, many of our descendants will choose to transform into "ex humans," as they upload themselves into advanced computers. This provocative new book, the highly anticipated follow-up to his bestselling volume Mind Children, charts the trajectory of robotics in breathtaking detail. A must read for artificial intelligence, technology, and computer enthusiasts, Moravec's freewheeling but informed speculations present afuture far different than we ever dared imagine.

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Many people worry they will soon become obsolete because computers will be able to do their jobs. Although this statement at one time would sound preposterous, robotics expert Hans Moravec argues it is not far from the truth. In Robot: Evolution from Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind, Moravec reasons that by 2050, robots will surpass t...

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In this compelling book, Hans Moravec predicts that machines will attain human levels of intelligence by the year 2040, and that by 2050, they will surpass us. But even though Moravec predicts the end of the domination by human beings, his is not a bleak vision. Far from railing against afuture in which machines rule the world, Moravec...

BHans Moravec, one of the leaders of robotics research, was a founder of the world's largest robotics program, at Carnegie Mellon University. The author of Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence, Moravec lives in Pittsburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:April 6, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Many people worry they will soon become obsolete because computers will be able to do their jobs. Although this statement at one time would sound preposterous, robotics expert Hans Moravec argues it is not far from the truth. In Robot: Evolution from Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind, Moravec reasons that by 2050, robots will surpass the level of human intelligence. This book contains a series of startling and very possible predictions that paints a very different future for our society.

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"A well-written and fascinating study of robot/human relations."--Science and Technology