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Robotics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Robotics is a key technology in the modern world. Robots are a well-established part of manufacturing and warehouse automation, assembling cars or washing machines, and, for example, moving goods to and from storage racks for Internet mail order. More recently robots have taken their first steps into homes and hospitals, and seen spectacular success in planetary exploration. Yet, despite these successes, robots have failed to live up to the predictions of the 1950sand 60s, when it was widely thought - by scientists and engineers as well as the public - that by turn of the 21st century we would have intelligent robots as butlers, companions, or co-workers.This Very Short Introduction explains how it is that robotics can be both a success story and a disappointment, how robots can be both ordinary and remarkable, and looks at their important developments in science and their applications to everyday life.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Published by: OUP Oxford | Publication date: 09/27/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 167 pages

Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics From Beginner to Expert (Robotics 101, Robotics Mastery)
The Quickest Way To Learn Robotics - Mckinnon's 3rd Edition - Become a Master at Robotics By Learning the Necessary Fundamentals!A book that teaches you the fundamentals of robotics★ ★ ★ This Book is FREE – for Kindle Unlimited User ★ ★ ★Immersing yourself into the world of robotics is more than just fun! It is both challenging and stimulating and furthermore, it increases our level of creativity! Also, it’s not limited to a certain age! Anyone can enjoy the process of learning as long as you are passionate to do it. If you want to be the next robot expert, Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics From Beginner to Expert is the best book to have. Here’s what’s discussed in the book: •Three Laws of Robotics•Unimate- The First Robot•Benefits of Robots•Hardware Tutorial•Software Tutorial•Materials for Building a Robot•Tips•Applications of RoboticsExpand your knowledge in this area of technology by following the simple steps you will find inside the book. You can turn your hobbies into a professional career with much diligence and hard work. It’s not an easy task but we will help you get there. Start TODAY by simply scrolling up to get your copy of Robotics: Everything You Need to Know About Robotics From Beginner to Expert. Don’t forget to click the BUY button! Have fun!
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 238 pages

Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 25 Projects (Build It Yourself series)
This fun and educational introduction to the exciting field of robotics—the science of designing, building, and operating robots—gives kids the basic tools for creating their own robots using ordinary craft materials and parts salvaged from recycled toys and other household devices. Early chapters teach budding roboticists how to create working models of robot hands and write “pencil and paper” computer programs, while later chapters show them how to build robots that move and react to light or touch. A great gateway to getting kids interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), the activities in this book let kids use all their talents to come up with creative solutions to tricky problems and figure out how things work.
Author: Kathy Ceceri
Published by: Nomad Press | Publication date: 08/01/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 130 pages

Learning Robotics Using Python
Design, simulate, program, and prototype an interactive autonomous mobile robot from scratch with the help of Python, ROS, and Open-CV!About This Book
  • Design, simulate, build and program an interactive autonomous mobile robot
  • Program Robot Operating System using Python
  • Get a grip on the hands-on guide to robotics for learning various robotics concepts and build an advanced robot from scratch
Who This Book Is ForIf you are an engineer, a researcher, or a hobbyist, and you are interested in robotics and want to build your own robot, this book is for you. Readers are assumed to be new to robotics but should have experience with Python.What You Will Learn
  • Understand the core concepts and terminologies of robotics
  • Create 2D and 3D drawings of robots using freeware such as LibreCAD and Blender
  • Simulate your robot using ROS and Gazebo
  • Build robot hardware from the requirements
  • Explore a diverse range of actuators and its interfacing
  • Interface various robotic sensors to robots
  • Set up and program OpenCV, OpenNI, and PCL to process 2D/3D visual data
  • Learn speech processing and synthesis using Python
  • Apply artificial intelligence to robots using Python
  • Build a robot control GUI using Qt and Python
  • Calibration and testing of robot
In DetailLearning about robotics will become an increasingly essential skill as it becomes a ubiquitous part of life. Even though robotics is a complex subject, several other tools along with Python can help you design a project to create an easy-to-use interface.Learning Robotics Using Python is an essential guide for creating an autonomous mobile robot using popular robotic software frameworks such as ROS using Python. It also discusses various robot software frameworks and how to go about coding the robot using Python and its framework. It concludes with creating a GUI-based application to control the robot using buttons and slides.By the end of this tutorial, you'll have a clear idea of how to integrate and assemble all things into a robot and how to bundle the software package.
Published by: Packt Publishing | Publication date: 05/27/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 330 pages

Robotics: The Beginner’s Guide to Robotic Building, Technology, Mechanics, and Processes (Robotics, Mechanics, Technology, Robotic Building, Science)
Robotics at its best!Discover A Book That Tells You What You Should Do and How!Instead of jumping right into the instructions, this book will provide you first with all the necessary concepts that you need to learn in order to make the learning process a whole lot easier. This way, you’re sure not to get lost in confusion once you get to the more complex lessons provided in the latter chapters. Examples are provided for a more knowledgeable approach on your learningYou will also learn the designs and forms of Robotics, and what’s more convenient than getting to know all sides!Want to know More?Easy! Just Scroll up and click the “Buy” Button and you can have your own copy of Robotics★★★Download Today ~ Free to Read for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers!★★★
Publication date: 09/14/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 38 pages

The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment
Intelligent algorithms are already well on their way to making white collar jobs obsolete: travel agents, data-analysts, and paralegals are currently in the firing line. In the near future, doctors, taxi-drivers and ironically even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by 'robots'. Without a radical reassessment of our economic and political structures, we risk the very implosion of the capitalist economy itself.In Rise of the Robots, technology expert Martin Ford systematically outlines the achievements of artificial intelligence and uses a wealth of economic data to illustrate the terrifying societal implications. From health and education to finance and technology, his warning is start - all jobs that are on some level routine are like to eventually be automated, resulting in the death of traditional careers and a hollowed-out middle class. The robots are coming and we have to decide – now – whether the future will bring prosperity or catastrophe.
Author: Martin Ford
Published by: Oneworld Publications | Publication date: 09/03/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 368 pages

Robotics is an applied engineering science that has been referred to as a combination of machine tool technology and computer science. It includes diverse fields such as machine design, control theory, microelectronics, computer programming, artificial intelligence, human factors and production theory.The present book provides a comprehensive introduction to robotics. The book covers a fair amount of kinematics and dynamics of the robots. It also covers the sensors and actuators used in robotics system. This book will be useful for mechanical, electrical, electronics and computer engineering students.
Published by: I K International Publishing House | Publication date: 08/14/2007
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 326 pages

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
A New York Times Bestseller. A “fascinating” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times) look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives.In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.In The Second Machine Age MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives.Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar.Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape.A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age alters how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 01/20/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 336 pages

Ebook: Robots (Innovation Trends Series)
The latest paper on Robotics from the Innovation Trends Series by BBVA Innovation Center is available for download.
Published by: BBVA Innovation Center | Publication date: 10/23/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 25 pages

To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
What is transhumanism? Simply put, it is a movement whose aim is to use technology to fundamentally change the human condition, to improve our bodies and minds to the point where we become something other, and better, than the animals we are. It's a philosophy that, depending on how you look at it, can seem hopeful, or terrifying, or absurd. In To Be a Machine, Mark O'Connell presents us with the first full-length exploration of transhumanism: its philosophical and scientific roots, its key players and possible futures. From charismatic techies seeking to enhance the body to immortalists who believe in the possibility of 'solving' death; from computer programmers quietly re-designing the world to vast competitive robotics conventions; To Be a Machine is an Adventure in Wonderland for our time. To Be a Machine paints a vivid portrait of an international movement driven by strange and frequently disturbing ideas and practices, but whose obsession with transcending human limitations can be seen as a kind of cultural microcosm, a radical intensification of our broader faith in the power of technology as an engine of human progress. It is a character study of human eccentricity, and a meditation on the immemorial desire to transcend the basic facts of our animal existence - a desire as primal as the oldest religions, a story as old as the earliest literary texts.A stunning new non-fiction voice tackles an urgent question... what next for mankind?
Published by: Granta Books | Publication date: 03/02/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 256 pages
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