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Almost Human: Making Robots Think
Contributor(s): Gutkind, Lee (Author)

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ISBN: 0393336840     ISBN-13: 9780393336849
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
OUR PRICE: $18.66  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2009

Annotation: Award-winning author Gutkind immersed himself in the robotic subculture and makes intelligible their discoveries and stumbling points in this lively behind-the-scenes work. Includes 15 illustrations.
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BISAC Categories:
- Technology & Engineering | Robotics
- Computers | Intelligence (ai) & Semantics
Dewey: 629.892
LCCN: 2006101046
Physical Information: 0.74" H x 5.36" W x 8.44" (0.52 lbs) 284 pages
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian, Table of Contents
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Publisher Description:
A remarkable, intense portrait of the robotic subculture and the challenging quest for robot autonomy.
The high bay at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is alive and hyper night and day with the likes of Hyperion, which traversed the Antarctic, and Zoe, the world's first robot scientist, now back home. Robot Segways learn to play soccer, while other robots go on treasure hunts or are destined for hospitals and museums. Dozens of cavorting mechanical creatures, along with tangles of wire, tools, and computer innards are scattered haphazardly. All of these zipping and zooming gizmos are controlled by disheveled young men sitting on the floor, folding chairs, or tool cases, or huddled over laptops squinting into displays with manic intensity. Award-winning author Lee Gutkind immersed himself in this frenzied subculture, following these young roboticists and their bold conceptual machines from Pittsburgh to NASA and to the most barren and arid desert on earth. He makes intelligible their discoveries and stumbling points in this lively behind-the-scenes work. 15 illustrations.

Contributor Bio(s): Gutkind, Lee: - Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of the literary journal Creative Nonfiction and a pioneer in the field of narrative nonfiction. Gutkind is also the editor of In Fact and Becoming a Doctor, the author of Almost Human, and has written books about baseball, health care, travel, and technology. A Distinguished Writer in Residence at Arizona State University, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Tempe, Arizona.
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