"Mindell brings an altogether refreshing perspective to a field that can sometimes get lost in the what if . "Financial Times"
"Neither overly optimistic nor doomy, MIT professor Mindell offers a clear-eyed, reasoned overview of current and potential robotics achievements and why the machines will always need us." "Discover"
"Science fiction has become science as we find more and more uses for robots. The MIT professor explores the 'hidden world' of robotics and the controversial relationship between humankind and what it has created." "TheSacramento Bee
" "Mindell s ingenious and profoundly original book will enlighten those who prophesy that robots will soon make us redundant, and challenges us all to think more precisely and creatively about how machines can augment human potential. David Autor, Professor of Economics, MIT
"Authoritative.... [Mindell] leaves us with a better understanding of what lies ahead for our daily lives." "Kirkus"
"An expansively researched and enjoyably accessible treatment of robotic automation, recommended for readers of popular science and those with an interest in artificial intelligence and automation." "Library Journal"
"A careful, measured extrapolation of contemporary technological trends." "Booklist"
A lucid, hype-free exploration of how robotic automation really works in concert with human design, intention, and action. Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing Professor, Scheller School of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
My thanks to the author for bringing scholarship and sanity to a debate which has run off into a magic la-la land in the popular press. Rodney Brooks, founder Rethink Robotics and iRobot
A must read for those who aspire to be effective contributors to the robotics of our future. David R. Scott, Commander, Apollo 15"show more