The Coming Robot Revolution: Expectations and Fears About Emerging Intelligent, Humanlike Machines

Hardcover | February 27, 2009

byYoseph Bar-Cohen, David HansonContribution byAdi Marom

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This book discusses the emergence of humanlike robots into our everyday world. It covers the trends, possibilities, and concerns we will all feel with their emergence. Robots will walk, talk, and look ever more like people, and with the speed at which new technologies develop, this may happen very soon. Robots will be in homes, in space, in workplaces, in hospitals--everywhere. Their capabilities will soon surpass what has been usually considered science fiction. In what directions will the technology be taking us, and how will the presence of these robots challenge our identity? This book explores the fascinating implications of robot technology while alerting of its possibly disturbing flipside.

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This book discusses the emergence of humanlike robots into our everyday world. It covers the trends, possibilities, and concerns we will all feel with their emergence. Robots will walk, talk, and look ever more like people, and with the speed at which new technologies develop, this may happen very soon. Robots will be in homes, in spac...

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There have been huge advances in robot technology in the last few years. More and more "humanlike" robots are being developed in labs for a wide variety of medical, manufacturing, and commercial uses. These "smart" people lookalikes are being designed to help with household chores, as office workers, to perform tasks in space and in ot...

Dr. Yoseph Bar-Cohen is a Senior Scientist and Group Supervisor at the Jet Propulsion Lab [http://ndeaa.jpl.nasa.gov/], NASA/Caltech, specializing in electroactive materials and devices as well as biomimetic mechanisms. Famous for his pivotal role in artificial muscles, many news articles describe him as the "artificial muscle" man and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:186 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:February 27, 2009Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387853480

ISBN - 13:9780387853482

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Emerging Humanoids and Humanlike Robots.- How to Make a Humanlike Robot.- Prosthetics, Exoskeletons, and Bipedal Ambulators.- Mirroring Humans.- Trends in Robotics.- Ethical Issues and Concerns.- A Whole New World.- Index.

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From the reviews:"The text is written as a progressive narrative on the impact of humanlike robots becoming more common within our society and the ethical ramifications of those robots. . it is accessible to a wide audience of individuals that have a background in robotics, artificial intelligence, etc. . useful in a graduate-level course such as a course on human-robot interaction (HRI). Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/professionals." (R. S. Stansbury, Choice, Vol. 47 (3), November, 2009)