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Talking to robots : a brief guide to our human robot futures / David Ewing Duncan.

By: Duncan, David Ewing.
Publisher: London : Robinson, 2019Description: 303 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781472142900 : (hbk.).Subject(s): Robotics -- Human factors | Artificial intelligence -- Social aspects | Information technology -- Social aspectsDDC classification: 629.892
Contents:
Actual humans interviewed for this book -- Prelude: when the robots arrived -- Teddy bear bot -- The %$@! robot that swiped my job -- Sex (intimacy) bot -- Facebook bot -- Doc bot -- Hello, robot driver -- Warrior bot -- Beer bot -- It's not about the robots bot -- Politician bot -- Wearable bot -- Amazon bot -- Journalism bot -- Mars (Daemon) bot -- Risk-free bot -- Brain optimization bot -- Thriller bot -- Coffee delivery bot -- Memory bot -- Matrix bot -- Homo digitalis/homo syntheticis -- Tourist (evolution) bot -- God bot -- Immortal me bot -- Epilogue: after the robots arrived
Summary: Award-winning journalist David Ewing Duncan considers twenty-four visions of possible human-robot futures - incredible scenarios from Teddy Bots to Warrior Bots, and Politician Bots to Sex Bots -grounded in real technologies and possibilities and inspired by our imagination. What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us, their creators? Will they usher in a fantastic new future, or destroy us? What do some of our greatest thinkers, from physicist Brian Greene and futurist Kevin Kelly to inventor Dean Kamen, geneticist George Church, and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, anticipate for our human-robot future? For even as robots and AI intrigue us and make us anxious about the future, our fascination with robots has always been about more than the potential of the technology - it's also about what robots tell us about being human. From present-day Facebook and Amazon bots to near-future 'intimacy' bots and 'the robot that stole my job' bots, bestselling American popular science writer David Ewing Duncan's Talking to Robots is a wonderfully entertaining and insightful guide to possible future scenarios about robots, both real and imagined.
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Actual humans interviewed for this book -- Prelude: when the robots arrived -- Teddy bear bot -- The %$@! robot that swiped my job -- Sex (intimacy) bot -- Facebook bot -- Doc bot -- Hello, robot driver -- Warrior bot -- Beer bot -- It's not about the robots bot -- Politician bot -- Wearable bot -- Amazon bot -- Journalism bot -- Mars (Daemon) bot -- Risk-free bot -- Brain optimization bot -- Thriller bot -- Coffee delivery bot -- Memory bot -- Matrix bot -- Homo digitalis/homo syntheticis -- Tourist (evolution) bot -- God bot -- Immortal me bot -- Epilogue: after the robots arrived

Award-winning journalist David Ewing Duncan considers twenty-four visions of possible human-robot futures - incredible scenarios from Teddy Bots to Warrior Bots, and Politician Bots to Sex Bots -grounded in real technologies and possibilities and inspired by our imagination.

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's also about what robots tell us about being human.

From present-day Facebook and Amazon bots to near-future 'intimacy' bots and 'the robot that stole 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.

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