• Robots

  • The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
  • By: John M. Jordan
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-11-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Robots are entering the mainstream. Technologies have advanced to the point of mass commercialization - Roomba, for example - and adoption by governments - most notably, their use of drones. Meanwhile, these devices are being received by a public whose main sources of information about robots are the fantasies of popular culture. We know a lot about C-3PO and Robocop, but not much about Atlas, Motoman, Kiva, or Beam - real-life robots that are reinventing warfare, the industrial workplace, and collaboration. In this book, technology analyst John Jordan offers an accessible and engaging introduction to robots and robotics, covering state-of-the-art applications, economic implications, and cultural context.
Jordan chronicles the prehistory of robots and the treatment of robots in science fiction, movies, and television - from the outsized influence of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Isaac Asimov's I, Robot (in which Asimov coined the term "robotics"). He offers a guided tour of robotics today, describing the components of robots, the complicating factors that make robotics so challenging, and such applications as driverless cars, unmanned warfare, and robots on the assembly line.
Roboticists draw on such technical fields as power management, materials science, and artificial intelligence. Jordan points out, however, that robotics design decisions also embody such nontechnical elements as value judgments, professional aspirations, and ethical assumptions, and raise questions that involve law, belief, economics, education, public safety, and human identity. Robots will be neither our slaves nor our overlords; instead, they are rapidly becoming our close companions, working in partnership with us - whether in a factory, on a highway, or as a prosthetic device. Given these profound changes to human work and life, Jordan argues that robotics is too important to be left solely to roboticists.
©2016 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By Zachary Adams on 03-07-18

ok, but really beats around the bush

The author includes some interesting tid bits, but the work lacks a concentrated focus and thesis. It's comparison of the F-22 and the predator distorted the truth and misses the point.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gonzalo Alberto Gomez A on 01-05-18

A broad description of the state of the art

It was a broad but not deep description of the state of the art in robotics discipline.

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