Robots (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

Robots (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

Robots (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

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 robotic

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