Almost Human

Almost Human

Making Robots Think

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
A behind-the-scenes view of the world of modern robotics and the individuals who create these innovative machines looks at the vast potential of these mechanical creatures and at efforts to create a fully autonomous robot.

Norton Pub
A remarkable, intense portrait of the robotic subculture and the challenging quest for robot autonomy.
The high bay at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is alive and hyper night and day with the likes of Hyperion, which traversed the Antarctic, and Zoe, the world’s first robot scientist, now back home. Robot Segways learn to play soccer, while other robots go on treasure hunts or are destined for hospitals and museums. Dozens of cavorting mechanical creatures, along with tangles of wire, tools, and computer innards are scattered haphazardly. All of these zipping and zooming gizmos are controlled by disheveled young men sitting on the floor, folding chairs, or tool cases, or huddled over laptops squinting into displays with manic intensity. Award-winning author Lee Gutkind immersed himself in this frenzied subculture, following these young roboticists and their bold conceptual machines from Pittsburgh to NASA and to the most barren and arid desert on earth. He makes intelligible their discoveries and stumbling points in this lively behind-the-scenes work.

Book News
Gutkind describes recent developments in robotics, focusing on Carnegie Mellon University and emphasizing the contributions of the field's steady stream of new researchers. Some of the material has been published elsewhere. There is no index. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xiii, 284 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780393058673
0393058670
Branch Call Number: 629.89263 Gut

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