Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy

Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy


“[An] crucial publication… it's required studying as we heavily have interaction essentially the most vital debates of our time.”—Sherry Turkle, writer of Reclaiming dialog: the facility of speak in a electronic Age

From drones to Mars rovers—an exploration of the main leading edge use of robots this day and a provocative argument for the the most important function of people in our more and more technological future.
 
In Our Robots, Ourselves, David Mindell deals a desirable behind-the-scenes examine the innovative of robotics this day, debunking often held myths and exploring the quickly altering relationships among people and machines.
 
Drawing on firsthand event, wide interviews, and the newest learn from MIT and somewhere else, Mindell takes us to severe environments—high surroundings, deep ocean, and outer space—to exhibit the place the main complex robotics exist already. In those environments, scientists use robots to find new information regarding historical civilizations, to map the various world’s biggest geological positive aspects, or even to “commute” to Mars to behavior day-by-day experiments. yet those instruments of air, sea, and area additionally forecast the risks, moral quandaries, and unintentional outcomes of a destiny during which robotics and automation suffuse our daily lives.
 
Mindell argues that the stark strains we’ve drawn among human and never human, guide and automatic, aren’t worthy for figuring out our dating with robotics. Brilliantly researched and accessibly written, Our Robots, Ourselves clarifies misconceptions concerning the independent robotic, providing as an alternative a hopeful message approximately what he calls “rich human presence” on the heart of the technological panorama we're now developing.  

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