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Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures (Paperback)

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'If you want to see what that future might look like, Duncan's book is a fun place to start'

NPR



'Intensely readable, downright terrifying, and surprisingly uplifting'

Vanity Fair



'5 books not to miss . . . A fascinating work of imaginative futurology'

USA Today





One of Time magazine's '32 Books You Need to Read This Summer' - 'a riveting read'



One of David Baldacci and Elizabeth Acevedo's best summer reads, on USA Today's Today programme



'A refreshing variation on the will-intelligent-robots-bring-Armageddon genre . . . this colourful mixture of expert futurology and quirky speculation does not disappoint'

Kirkus Reviews



What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us, their creators? Will they usher in a fantastic new future, or destroy us? What do some of our greatest thinkers, from physicist Brian Greene and futurist Kevin Kelly to inventor Dean Kamen, geneticist George Church, and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, anticipate about our human-robot future? For even as robots and AI intrigue us and make us anxious about the future, our fascination with robots has always been about more than the potential of the technology - it's also about what robots tell us about being human.



From present-day Facebook and Amazon bots to near-future 'intimacy' bots and 'the robot that swiped my job' bots, bestselling American popular science writer David Ewing Duncan's Talking to Robots is a wonderfully entertaining and insightful guide to possible future scenarios about robots, both real and imagined.



Featured bots include robot drivers; doc bots; politician bots; warrior bots; sex bots; synthetic

bio bots; dystopic bots that are hopefully just bad dreams; and ultimately, God Bot (as

described by physicist Brian Greene).



These scenarios are informed by discussions with well-known thinkers, engineers, scientists, artists, philosophers and others, who share with us their ideas, hopes and fears about robots. David spoke with, among others, Kevin Kelly, David Baldacci, Brian Greene, Dean Kamen, Craig Venter, Stephanie Mehta, David Eagleman, George Poste, George Church, General R. H. Latiff, Robert Seigel, Emily Morse, David Sinclair, Ken Goldberg, Sunny Bates, Adam Gazzaley, Tim O'Reilly, Tiffany Shlain, Eric Topol and Juan Enriquez.



These discussions, along with some reporting on bot-tech, bot-history and real-time societal and

ethical issues with robots, are the launch pads for unfurling possible bot futures that are informed by how people and societies have handled new technologies in the past.



The book describes how robots work, but its primary focus is on what our fixation with bots

and AI says about us as humans: about our hopes and anxieties; our myths, stories, beliefs and

ideas about beings both real and artificial; and our attempts to attain perfection.



We are at a pivotal moment when our ancient infatuation with human-like beings with certain

attributes or superpowers - in mythology, religion and storytelling - is coinciding with our

ability to actually build some of these entities.

Science & MathematicsScience: general issuesImpact of science & technology on societyScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular scienceTechnicalElectronics & communications engineeringElectronics engineeringAutomatic control engineering Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 25/11/2022 ISBN-13: 9781472142924  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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DAVID EWING DUNCAN is the author of nine books, including the international bestseller Calendar, and writes for Wired, Discover, and the Atlantic Monthly. He is a freelance producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline, and a commentator on NPR's Journalist, author and researcher David Ewing Duncan has covered the intersection of technology and humanity for Wired, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Atlantic, Fortune, NPR, ABC News and many others. He is the author of nine books, which have been translated into over twenty languages, including the international bestseller The Calendar, and Experimental Man. In 2003, he won the Magazine Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the founding director of the Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco, California and Boston, Massachusetts. www.davidewingduncan.com

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