Robot : Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind

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In this mind-bending new book, Hans Moravec takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride packed with startling predictions. For example, Moravec suggests that in the not-too-distant future, an army of robots will displace workers, causing massive, unprecedented unemployment. But then a period of very comfortable existence will follow, as humans benefit from a fully automated economy. And eventually as machines evolve far beyond humanity, robots will supplant us. But if Moravec predicts the end of the domination of human beings, his is not a bleak vision. Far from railing against a future in which machines rule the world, Moravec embraces it, taking the startling view that intelligent robots will actually be our evolutionary heirs. "Intelligent machines, which will grow from us, learn our skills, and share our goals and values, can be viewed as children of our minds." And since they are our children, we will want them to outdistance us. In fact, in a bid for immortality, many of our descendants will choose to transform into "ex humans" as they upload themselves into advanced computers. We will become our children and live forever.
This book charts the trajectory of robotics in breathtaking detail. A must read for artificial intelligence, technology and computer enthusiasts, Moravec's freewheeling but informed speculations present a future far different than we ever dared to imagine.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 430.91g
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195136306
  • 9780195136302

Table of contents

1. Escape Velocity!; 2. Caution! Robot Vehicle!; 3. Power and Presence; 4. Universal Robots; 5. The Age of Robots; 6. The Age of Mind; 7. Mind Fire
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About Hans P. Moravec

Hans Moravec, one of the leaders of robotics research, was a founder of the world's largest robotics program, at Carnegie Mellon University. The author of Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence, Moravec lives in Pittsburgh.
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