Flesh and Machines

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Flesh and Machines

Flesh and Machines

How Robots Will Change Us

  • Author: Rodney Brooks
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0375421939
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 272
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Are we really on the brink of having robots to mop our floors, do our dishes, mow our lawns, and clean our windows? And are researchers that close to creating robots that can think, feel, repair themselves, and even reproduce? Rodney A. Brooks, director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believes we are. In this lucid and accessible book, Brooks vividly depicts the history of robots and explores the ever-changing relationships between humans and their technological brethren, speculating on the growing role that robots will play in our existence. Knowing the moral battle likely to ensue, he posits a clear philosophical argument as to why we should not fear that change. What results is a fascinating book that offers a deeper understanding of who we are and how we can control what we will become.

Robot

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Robot

Robot

The Future of Flesh and Machines

  • Author: Rodney Allen Brooks
  • Publisher: Allan Lane
  • ISBN: 9780713995015
  • Category: Artificial intelligence
  • Page: 260
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Where will technology take us next? What is on the horizon? This book introduces the reader to recent advances in robotics. The author has seen the future: robots will not take over the human race; flesh will instead merge with machine. This is already happening, and this work reveals how.

Species and Machines

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Species and Machines

Species and Machines

The Human Subjugation of Nature

  • Author: Martyn Hudson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351615246
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 174
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This book offers a re-examination of the relationship between humans and nature with a new methodology: by examining our entanglement with machines. Using central ideas of critical theory, it uncovers the suppression of nature through technology, tools and engines. It focuses on the ways in which human social forms have actively subjugated and destroyed other species in order to enhance their own social power and accumulation, leading to a new Anthropocene epoch in which human intervention is signalled in the geological record. Beginning with an account of the interactions between humans and other species, the book moves on to explore the hidden history of Marx and his obsession with machines, as well as new attempts to rethink a Marxist ecology, before proceeding to examine the manner in which technologies were used to suppress and destroy one particular species - the Whale of what we call the Cetacean Holocaust. Following this, there are analyses of the emergence of the ‘human encampments’ of the cities and the rise of mobile, locomotive cultures, and consideration of the relationship between machines of memory, and the ‘capturing’ of nature. A radical rethinking of classical social theory that develops new ways of thinking about ecological catastrophe and nature, this book will appeal to scholars of social theory and environmental sociology.

Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence

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Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence

Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence

First International Conference, PReMI 2005, Kolkata, India, December 20-22, 2005, Proceedings

  • Author: Sankar K. Pal,Sambhunath Biswas
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 3540324208
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 808
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the First International Conference on Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence, PReMI 2005, held in Kolkata, India in December 2005. The 108 revised papers presented together with 6 keynote talks and 14 invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 250 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on clustering, feature selection and learning, classification, neural networks and applications, fuzzy logic and applications, optimization and representation, image processing and analysis, video processing and computer vision, image retrieval and data mining, bioinformatics application, Web intelligence and genetic algorithms, as well as rough sets, case-based reasoning and knowledge discovery.

Critical Digital Studies

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Critical Digital Studies

Critical Digital Studies

A Reader, Second Edition

  • Author: Arthur Kroker,Marilouise Kroker
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 1442666714
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 624
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Since its initial publication, Critical Digital Studies has proven an indispensable guide to understanding digitally mediated culture. Bringing together the leading scholars in this growing field, internationally renowned scholars Arthur and Marilouise Kroker present an innovative and interdisciplinary survey of the relationship between humanity and technology. The reader offers a study of our digital future, a means of understanding the world with new analytic tools and means of communication that are defining the twenty-first century. The second edition includes new essays on the impact of social networking technologies and new media. A new section – “New Digital Media” – presents important, new articles on topics including hacktivism in the age of digital power and the relationship between gaming and capitalism. The extraordinary range and depth of the first edition has been maintained in this new edition. Critical Digital Studies will continue to provide the leading edge to readers wanting to understand the complex intersection of digital culture and human knowledge.

Moral Machines

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Moral Machines

Moral Machines

Teaching Robots Right from Wrong

  • Author: Wendell Wallach,Colin Allen
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780199705962
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 288
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Computers are already approving financial transactions, controlling electrical supplies, and driving trains. Soon, service robots will be taking care of the elderly in their homes, and military robots will have their own targeting and firing protocols. Colin Allen and Wendell Wallach argue that as robots take on more and more responsibility, they must be programmed with moral decision-making abilities, for our own safety. Taking a fast paced tour through the latest thinking about philosophical ethics and artificial intelligence, the authors argue that even if full moral agency for machines is a long way off, it is already necessary to start building a kind of functional morality, in which artificial moral agents have some basic ethical sensitivity. But the standard ethical theories don't seem adequate, and more socially engaged and engaging robots will be needed. As the authors show, the quest to build machines that are capable of telling right from wrong has begun. Moral Machines is the first book to examine the challenge of building artificial moral agents, probing deeply into the nature of human decision making and ethics.

Data Made Flesh

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Data Made Flesh

Data Made Flesh

Embodying Information

  • Author: Robert Mitchell,Phillip Thurtle
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135216665
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 304
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In an age of cloning, cyborgs, and biotechnology, the line between bodies and bytes seems to be disappearing. Data Made Flesh is the first collection to address the increasingly important links between information and embodiment, at a moment when we are routinely tempted, in the words of Donna Haraway, "to be raptured out of the bodies that matter in the lust for information," whether in the rush to complete the Human Genome Project or in the race to clone a human being.

Self-Adaptive Systems for Machine Intelligence

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Self-Adaptive Systems for Machine Intelligence

Self-Adaptive Systems for Machine Intelligence

  • Author: Haibo He
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 9781118025598
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 250
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This book will advance the understanding and application of self-adaptive intelligent systems; therefore it will potentially benefit the long-term goal of replicating certain levels of brain-like intelligence in complex and networked engineering systems. It will provide new approaches for adaptive systems within uncertain environments. This will provide an opportunity to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the current state-of-the-art of knowledge, give rise to new research directions, and educate future professionals in this domain. Self-adaptive intelligent systems have wide applications from military security systems to civilian daily life. In this book, different application problems, including pattern recognition, classification, image recovery, and sequence learning, will be presented to show the capability of the proposed systems in learning, memory, and prediction. Therefore, this book will also provide potential new solutions to many real-world applications.

Mind, Man, and Machine

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Mind, Man, and Machine

Mind, Man, and Machine

A Dialogue

  • Author: Paul T. Sagal
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780872202634
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 52
  • View: 524
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Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

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Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge

  • Author: Cheris Kramarae,Dale Spender
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135963150
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 2050
  • View: 709
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For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.