Flesh and Machines

Flesh and Machines

How Robots Will Change Us

Book - 2002
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Flesh and Machines explores the startlingly reciprocal connection between humans and their technological brethren, and explains how this relationship is being redefined as humans develop increasingly complex machines. The impetus to build machines that exhibit lifelike behaviors stretches back centuries, but for the last fifteen years much of this work has been done in Rodney Brooks's laboratory at MIT. His goal is not simply to build machines that are like humans but to alter our perception of the potential capabilities of robots. Our current attitude toward intelligent robots, he asserts, is simply a reflection of our own view of ourselves. In Flesh and Machines, Brooks challenges that view by suggesting that human nature can be seen to possess the essential characteristics of a machine. Our instinctive rejection of that idea, he believes, is itself a conditioned response: we have programmed ourselves to believe in our "tribal specialness" as proof of our uniqueness. Provocative, persuasive, compelling, and unprecedented, Flesh and Machines presents a vision of our future and our future selves.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375420795
Branch Call Number: 629.892 Brooks
629.892 Brooks
Characteristics: x, 260 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jan 14, 2016

Somewhat disappointing, for, except for the appendix, he doesn't explain very much about robotics; the whole book is something more like what an enthusiastic technology journalist would write.

Sep 21, 2009

Brooks introduces some fascinating and controversial ideas about robots and the true nature of human cognition.


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