From a leading expert in artificial intelligence comes an eye-opening, superbly argued book that explores the surprising new frontiers of human intimacy and relationships.From Pygmalion falling for his chiseled Galatea to Dr. Frankenstein marveling at his creature, humans have been enthralled by the possibilities of emotional relationships with their technological creations. Synthesizing cutting-edge research in robotics with the psychology and cultural history of artificial intelligence, Love and Sex with Robots explores this fascination and its far-reaching implications.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.More
"Fascinating. It raises important questions about the future of robots...and what our interactions with them might teach us about ourselves." (New Scientist)
"[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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Not as Interesting as it Sounds
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
- Niels J. Rasmussen