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The robot : the life story of a technology / Lisa Nocks.

By: Nocks, Lisa.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008Edition: Johns Hopkins pbk. ed.Description: xxx, 192 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780801890710; 0801890713.Subject(s): Robots | Artificial intelligenceDDC classification: 629.8/92
Contents:
Between ritual, myth, and machine : robot ancestors -- Automata to automation -- Into the factory : the first robots -- Smarter machines : artificial intelligence and robotics -- Getting around : perception, locomotion, and power -- Robots among us : the latest developments -- Conclusion.
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"First published in 2007 by Greenwood Press"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-178) and index.

Between ritual, myth, and machine : robot ancestors -- Automata to automation -- Into the factory : the first robots -- Smarter machines : artificial intelligence and robotics -- Getting around : perception, locomotion, and power -- Robots among us : the latest developments -- Conclusion.

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Concise and direct to the point, Nocks' technography on the robot offers a rich overview of the systems we understand as robotic. It summarizes the 30-some year-long history of a plethora of ideas, experiments, and implementations that have found their places in our everyday lives. The three parts are titled "Ancestors," "The Early Years," and "Growth of the Field." In the first part, Nocks (Fordham Univ.) focuses on automata and the process of automation throughout the centuries. The second part summarizes the role of the multiple disciplines in the inception of robotics as understood today--cybernetics, computing, artificial intelligence. Part 3 provides the state of the art of the field and the predominant schools of thought. Kudos to the author on the perfect marriage between coverage and length in this volume. In fewer than 200 pages, one finds great essays that do not leave too much out. Everything relevant to robotics today can be found here, albeit in an introductory form. But that is exactly what this book aims to achieve: to give us the grand picture of a grand technology, and motivate us to explore further. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. G. Trajkovski Towson University

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Lisa Nocks is a University Lecturer at New Jersey Institute of Technology in the Federated Department of History, NJIT/Rutgers. She writes on the recent history of technology and the social impact of techno-science

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