Robot Futures

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Author: Illah Reza Nourbakhsh

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262018624

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 133

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With robots, we are inventing a new species that is part material and part digital.The ambition of modern robotics goes beyond copying humans, beyond the effort to make walking,talking androids that are indistinguishable from people. Future robots will have superhumanabilities in both the physical and digital realms. They will be embedded in our physical spaces,with the ability to go where we cannot, and will have minds of their own, thanks to artificialintelligence. They will be fully connected to the digital world, far better at carrying out onlinetasks than we are. In Robot Futures, the roboticist Illah Reza Nourbakhshconsiders how we will share our world with these creatures, and how our society could change as itincorporates a race of stronger, smarter beings. Nourbakhsh imagines a future that includes adbotsoffering interactive custom messaging; robotic flying toys that operate by means of "gazetracking"; robot-enabled multimodal, multicontinental telepresence; and even a way thatnanorobots could allow us to assume different physical forms. Nourbakhsh follows each glimpse intothe robotic future with an examination of the underlying technology and an exploration of the socialconsequences of the scenario. Each chapter describes a form of technologicalempowerment -- in some cases, empowerment run amok, with corporations and institutions amassing evenmore power and influence and individuals becoming unconstrained by social accountability. (Imaginethe hotheaded discourse of the Internet taking physical form.) Nourbakhsh also offers acounter-vision: a robotics designed to create civic and community empowerment. His book helps usunderstand why that is the robot future we should try to bring about.

Souls in metal

an anthology of robot futures

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

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Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations

Proceedings of Robo-Philosophy 2014

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Author: J. Seibt,M. Nørskov,R. Hakli

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 1614994803

Category: Computers

Page: 380

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The robotics industry is growing rapidly, and to a large extent the development of this market sector is due to the area of social robotics – the production of robots that are designed to enter the space of human social interaction, both physically and semantically. Since social robots present a new type of social agent, they have been aptly classified as a disruptive technology, i.e. the sort of technology which affects the core of our current social practices and might lead to profound cultural and social change. Due to its disruptive and innovative potential, social robotics raises not only questions about utility, ethics, and legal aspects, but calls for “robo-philosophy” – the comprehensive philosophical reflection from the perspectives of all philosophical disciplines. This book presents the proceedings of the first conference in this new area, “Robo-Philosophy 2014 – Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations, held in Aarhus, Denmark, in August 2014. The short papers and abstracts collected here address questions of social robotics from the perspectives of philosophy of mind, social ontology, ethics, meta-ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, intercultural philosophy, and metaphilosophy. Social robotics is still in its early stages, but it is precisely now that we need to reflect its possible cultural repercussions. This book is accessible to a wide readership and will be of interest to everyone involved in the development and use of social robotics applications, from social roboticists to policy makers.

Talking to Robots

Tales from Our Robot-Human Futures

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Author: David Ewing Duncan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524743615

Category: Computers

Page: 400

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This ebullient and optimistic book features thirty visions of robot futures—nearly incredible scenarios based on real machines that are here, imminent, or easily conceivable based on modern technology Throughout history, people have been infatuated with the notion of artificial intelligence. But now the moment is fast upon us when super-AI is poised to arrive for real. These are not the lumbering, industrial-grade bots that have been churning out paper clips, Prozac, and Volkswagens for decades. These are robots that we can truly talk to and interact with, robots that are as smart as, or even smarter than we are. Teddy bots and sex bots, robot psychiatrists, robot lawyers and judges, super AI machines that will alter the trajectory of human progress. To techno-optimists, the quest to upgrade and improve humanity will seem achievable at long last. For these true believers, robots and AI offer our first legitimate chance to vanquish war, hunger, and disease, our enemies since time immemorial. They will allow us to live longer, healthier, and safer lives. There are infinite possible futures at the hands of this technology. David Ewing Duncan considers thirty such scenarios, having conducted extensive interviews with robot experts, famous engineers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, and thinkers. How do these robots function as machines? And, more importantly, what do they say about us, their creators? For while we continue to be equally intrigued by and apprehensive of the impending robo-future, our fascination with robots has always been less about the potential technology, and more about what robots can tell us of what it means to be human.

Robotics: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Alan Winfield

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191646482

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 168

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Robotics is a key technology in the modern world. Robots are a well-established part of manufacturing and warehouse automation, assembling cars or washing machines, and, for example, moving goods to and from storage racks for Internet mail order. More recently robots have taken their first steps into homes and hospitals, and seen spectacular success in planetary exploration. Yet, despite these successes, robots have failed to live up to the predictions of the 1950s and 60s, when it was widely thought - by scientists and engineers as well as the public - that by turn of the 21st century we would have intelligent robots as butlers, companions, or co-workers. This Very Short Introduction explains how it is that robotics can be both a success story and a disappointment, how robots can be both ordinary and remarkable, and looks at their important developments in science and their applications to everyday life. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Brain, the Mind, and the Person Within

The Enduring Mystery of the Soul

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Author: Mark P. Cosgrove

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 0825445264

Category:

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The brain, with its nearly one hundred billion neurons, is the most complex structure in the universe, and we are living in a period of revolutionary advancements in neuroscience. Yet scientists and skeptics often frame these findings in ways that challenge the Christian worldview. Many professionals and popularizers claim that human beings are their brains, and that all human behavior and experience are merely by-products of brain physiology. In The Brain, the Mind, and the Person Within, professor of psychology Mark Cosgrove not only explains what the brain is and what it does but also corrects common misinterpretations and demonstrates that what we know about the brain coheres with the teachings of Scripture. He contends that humans are unities of soul and body in which both the spiritual and the physical interact. From this perspective, he presents informative overviews of contemporary debates about the brain, including consciousness, free will, "God spots," personhood, and life after death. The better we understand the brain, the better we understand ourselves and our exquisite design that reflects the wisdom of the Creator. Thoughtful readers will find this to be a fascinating, accessible survey of this unique part of the body and the profound theological and technological issues surrounding it.

Futures

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Author: Institute for the Future

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Forecasting Periodicals

Page: N.A

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Roboter stehlen deinen Job, aber das ist OK:

Wie man den Wirtschaftskollaps glücklich überlebt

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Author: Federico Pistono

Publisher: serendii publishing

ISBN: 3950387811

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Du wirst unnötig werden. Du glaubst, du bist besonders, einzigartig und dass was auch immer es ist, das du tust, unmöglich ersetzt werden kann. Du liegst falsch. Während wir sprechen, laufen Millionen von Algorithmen, die von Computerwissenschaftlern erschaffen wurden, verzweifelt auf Servern überall auf der Welt nur mit einem Ziel: zu tun, was auch immer Menschen tun können, aber besser. Das ist das Argument für ein Phänomen namens technologische Arbeitslosigkeit, eines, das die moderne Gesellschaft durchdringt. Doch ist dies wirklich der Fall? Oder ist es lediglich eine futuristische Fantasie? Was wird in den nächsten Jahren aus uns werden und was können wir tun, um einen katastrophalen Kollaps der Gesellschaft zu verhindern? "Roboter stehlen deinen Job, aber das ist OK: Wie man den Wirtschaftskollaps glücklich überlebt" erforscht den Einfluss technologischen Fortschritts auf unser Leben, was es bedeutet, glücklich zu sein und gibt Vorschläge, um den System-Kollaps zu vermeiden. „Wahrhaft exzellent. Ein sehr wichtiges Werk. Ich habe es geliebt.“ – Peter Diamandis Gründer und Vorstand der X PRIZE Foundation Vorstand der Singularity University New York Times Bestseller-Autor Mitbegründer der Zero-Gravity Corporation „Es war ein Genuss. Exakte Statistiken und gute Ratschläge. Großartige Hinweise am Ende, sehr hilfreich.“ – Dan Barry NASA-Astronaut Mitbegründer von 9th Sense Robotics „WOW – DU BIST BEEINDRUCKEND“ – Michael Smolens Serial Entrepreneur Gründer und Vorstand von Dotsub

Robots that Talk and Listen

Technology and Social Impact

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Author: Judith Markowitz

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 1614514402

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 358

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The book provides a forward-looking examination of speech and language in robots from technical, functional, and social perspectives. Contributors address cultural foundations as well as the linguistic skills and technical features robots need for engaging in a dialogue.

Das Ende der Arbeit und ihre Zukunft

Neue Konzepte für das 21. Jahrhundert

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Author: Jeremy Rifkin

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593400855

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Die Arbeit hat sich im letzten Jahrzehnt weiter verändert. Bereits in 50 Jahren werden weniger als 10 Prozent der Bevölkerung ausreichen, um alle Güter und Dienstleistungen bereitzustellen. Die Konsequenzen für die sozialen Sicherungssysteme sind dramatisch, soziale Konlikte scheinen unvermeidlich. Dass "es nicht mehr genug Arbeit für alle geben wird" erkannte Jeremy Rifkin bereits in seinem Weltbesteller Das Ende der Arbeit - und seine Thesen sind heute aktueller denn je. In der Neuausgabe des in 16 Sprachen übersetzten Bestsellers entwickelt Rifkin seine radikalen Vorschläge weiter und zeigt mit gewohntem wirtschaftlichen und politischen Sachverstand, wie wir verhindern können, dass uns die Arbeit ausgeht. "Rifkins Buch wird uns noch lange beschäftigen." Süddeutsche Zeitung

Tales of Futures Past

Anticipation and the Ends of Literature in Contemporary China

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Author: Paola Iovene

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804791600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Most studies of Chinese literature conflate the category of the future with notions of progress and nation building, and with the utopian visions broadcast by the Maoist and post-Mao developmental state. The future is thus understood as a preconceived endpoint that is propagated, at times even imposed, by a center of power. By contrast, Tales of Futures Past introduces "anticipation"—the expectations that permeate life as it unfolds—as a lens through which to reexamine the textual, institutional, and experiential aspects of Chinese literary culture from the 1950s to 2011. In doing so, Paola Iovene connects the emergence of new literary genres with changing visions of the future in contemporary China. This book provides a nuanced and dynamic account of the relationship between state discourses, market pressures, and individual writers and texts. It stresses authors' and editors' efforts to redefine what constitutes literature under changing political and economic circumstances. Engaging with questions of translation, temporality, formation of genres, and stylistic change, Iovene mines Chinese science fiction and popular science, puts forward a new interpretation of familiar Chinese avant-garde fiction, and offers close readings of texts that have not yet received any attention in English-language scholarship. Far-ranging in its chronological scope and impressive in its interdisciplinary approach, this book rethinks the legacies of socialism in postsocialist Chinese literary modernity.

The robot heritage

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Author: Neil Frude

Publisher: Century

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 252

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Leben 3.0

Mensch sein im Zeitalter Künstlicher Intelligenz

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Author: Max Tegmark

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843716706

Category: Social Science

Page: 528

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Die Nobelpreis-Schmiede Massachusetts Institute of Technology ist der bedeutendste technologische Think Tank der USA. Dort arbeitet Professor Max Tegmark mit den weltweit führenden Entwicklern künstlicher Intelligenz zusammen, die ihm exklusive Einblicke in ihre Labors gewähren. Die Erkenntnisse, die er daraus zieht, sind atemberaubend und zutiefst verstörend zugleich. Neigt sich die Ära der Menschen dem Ende zu? Der Physikprofessor Max Tegmark zeigt anhand der neusten Forschung, was die Menschheit erwartet. Hier eine Auswahl möglicher Szenarien: - Eroberer: Künstliche Intelligenz übernimmt die Macht und entledigt sich der Menschheit mit Methoden, die wir noch nicht einmal verstehen. - Der versklavte Gott: Die Menschen bemächtigen sich einer superintelligenten künstlichen Intelligenz und nutzen sie, um Hochtechnologien herzustellen. - Umkehr: Der technologische Fortschritt wird radikal unterbunden und wir kehren zu einer prä-technologischen Gesellschaft im Stil der Amish zurück. - Selbstzerstörung: Superintelligenz wird nicht erreicht, weil sich die Menschheit vorher nuklear oder anders selbst vernichtet. - Egalitäres Utopia: Es gibt weder Superintelligenz noch Besitz, Menschen und kybernetische Organismen existieren friedlich nebeneinander. Max Tegmark bietet kluge und fundierte Zukunftsszenarien basierend auf seinen exklusiven Einblicken in die aktuelle Forschung zur künstlichen Intelligenz.

New Directions in Statistical Signal Processing

From Systems to Brain

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Author: Simon S. Haykin

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: 9780262083485

Category: Computers

Page: 514

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Leading researchers in signal processing and neural computation present work aimed at promoting the interaction and cross-fertilization between the two fields.

The quest for artificial intelligence

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Author: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 187

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Presents a study of scientific research into artificial intelligence and examines the diverse applications of this important scientific concept

The Complex

How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives

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Author: Nick Turse

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 1429941634

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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A mind-boggling investigation of the allpervasive, constantly morphing presence of the Pentagon in daily life—a real-world Matrix come alive Here is the new, hip, high-tech military-industrial complex—an omnipresent, hidden-in-plain-sight system of systems that penetrates all our lives. From iPods to Starbucks to Oakley sunglasses, historian Nick Turse explores the Pentagon's little-noticed contacts (and contracts) with the products and companies that now form the fabric of America. Turse investigates the remarkable range of military incursions into the civilian world: the Pentagon's collaborations with Hollywood filmmakers; its outlandish schemes to weaponize the wild kingdom; its joint ventures with the World Wrestling Federation and NASCAR. He shows the inventive ways the military, desperate for new recruits, now targets children and young adults, tapping into the "culture of cool" by making "friends" on MySpace. A striking vision of this brave new world of remote-controlled rats and super-soldiers who need no sleep, The Complex will change our understanding of the militarization of America. We are a long way from Eisenhower's military-industrial complex: this is the essential book for understanding its twenty-first-century progeny.

Future females, the next generation

new voices and velocities in feminist science fiction criticism

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Author: Marleen S. Barr

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 323

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Feminist science fiction pioneer Marleen S. Barr, together with a talented crew of the field's established and emerging theorists, reveal new critical insights in Future Females, the Next Generation. This groundbreaking collection includes contributors from across the globe who find effective venues for imagining feminist thought experiments. A multinational perspective runs through this innovative volume, focusing on the latest dynamic trends in feminist science fiction, such as race, gender, cyberfeminism, the media, and new writers in the field.