Flesh and Machines by Rodney Brooks
How Robots Will Change Us

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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.

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About Rodney Brooks

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Rodney A. Brooks is Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MIT and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is also chairman and chief technological officer of iRobot Corporation. He is a founding fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The author of several books and a contributor to many journals, he was one of the subjects of Errol Morris’s 1997 documentary, Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control. Brooks was born in Australia and now lives in suburban Boston.
Published April 9, 2002 by Vintage. 284 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Australian-born Brooks, director of MIT’s renowned Artificial Intelligence Lab and chairman of iRobot Corp., offers a unique perspective on the past, present, and future of robotics.

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Robot: The Future of Flesh and Machines Rodney A Brooks 272pp, Penguin, £16.99 It may appear rather precocious for a field of study that is less than 50 years old to pride itself on having a "classical" form and "non-classical" variants.

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Brooks, a leading "roboticist" and computer science professor at MIT, believes that robots in the future will probably be nothing like such all-knowing brain machines as 2001's HAL, nor will they resemble the sleek cyborgs of other Hollywood nightmares.

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