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David Levy's shocking yet persuasive argument is that the entities we once deemed cold and mechanical will soon become the objects of real companionship and human desire.
"[Levy] comes up with so many rational, scientific, and sociologically sound arguments that the deeper you get into the book, the more difficult it becomes to dismiss his thesis." ( Chicago Sun-Times)
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By Niels J. Rasmussen on 05-28-14
Not as Interesting as it Sounds
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As my headline for this review suggests, this book isn't as exciting as its title makes it out to be. The first 10 or so hours are spent painstakingly going through the history of robotics up until this point in history. As you might have guessed, it wasn't that interesting.
The book DOES pick up a bit from there once it starts extrapolating into the future but by then, the first 2/3 of the book has left such a sour taste in your mouth, it's hard to even appreciate it.
Unless you're really interested in the history of robotics, skip this one.
6.1 / 10
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By Brendan on 09-19-09
I chose this book because the subject has fascinated me since I first read about it as a young man. Recently that interest has flared because of the love story implicit in the television series, Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles between the robot, Cameron Phillips and John Connor.
Everything about this book is done well, the sound is good, but unfortunately, it rather goes on like a commercial for future said robots.
I kept on wondering when the reader was going to get to the pitch, "Yours for just $, but call now"!
If you can struggle through the pitch, there is much of interest, but this book needs above all, a savage editor.
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