Living with Robots
What Every Anxious Human Needs to Know
The truth about robots: two experts look beyond the hype, offering a lively and accessible guide to what robots can (and can't) do.
The robots are coming, and they're going to take our jobs! Or, on second thought, perhaps they will be our friends! In case you haven't noticed, there's a lot of hype about robots; some of it is scary and some of it utopian. In this book, two robotics experts look beyond the fearmongering and the cheerleading to offer an engaging, accessible guide to robots: what they can (and can't) do, how they work, and what we can reasonably expect their future capabilities to be.
Ruth Aylett and Patricia Vargas discuss the history of our fascination with robots—from chatbots and prosthetics to autonomous cars and robot swarms. They outline the basic capabilities of robots—movement, navigation, and grasping and touching—and explain how robots see, feel, hear, think and learn. They describe how robots can cooperate, in applications ranging from robot football to search and rescue, 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 emulate