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: 09/27/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 167 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 roboticsthe science of designing, building, and operating robotsgives 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.
Published by: Nomad Press | Publication date: 08/01/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 130 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: 12/08/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 238 pages
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.
Published by: Oneworld Publications | Publication date: 09/03/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 368 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: 09/14/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 38 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: 03/02/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Although we cannot defeat the laws of physiology and physics, technology in the future might allow us to trick them. We could be headed into a world where functional robotic machines can be enhanced by virtual envelopes which will give us an experience of reality which is not limited by the barriers of matter. This is where the most exciting science fiction will soon lead us.
Published by: Lavirrealista | Publication date: 04/20/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 11 pages
Enduring. Complicated. Conflicted.The Three Laws of Robotics. Note the capitals. They're fundamental. Canonical. Like the Commandments. The epitome of philosophy.The Three Laws of Robotics. Four if you count the Zeroth law – but I don't really; it's too esoteric. And you only need Three Laws for life broken down into its simplest form. If only they worked like they were supposed to...Bots are part of the world. And your safety is ensured by Three Laws designed, more or less, by Isaac Asimov himself. Until little Ainslee upsets the apple cart and starts an avalanche that will change robots and the world forever.Jackson is an investigator sent to work out how Ainslee turns state of the art Bots into macaroni. And if he doesn't do it within 24 hours his friend Drefen, the biggest Bot manufacturer, will be shut down by the Feds. In a race to save his own livelihood, and the family who call him Uncle Andy, Jackson faces a mystery like no other – but can he solve it in time?WE THREE LAWS – The world is about to change!This is a short story. It is not a novella.
Published by: Pygaso Productions | Publication date: 03/15/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 35 pages
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: 10/23/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 25 pages
From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro. It's good to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it's much more interesting to know what they do. Richard Feynman once said that if you can't explain something to a first-year student, you don't really get it. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 (or the ten hundred) most common words.Many of the things we use every day - like our food-heating radio boxes ('microwaves'), our very tall roads ('bridges'), and our computer rooms ('datacentres') - are strange to us. So are the other worlds around our sun (the solar system), the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), and even the stuff inside us (cells). Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up? And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button?In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and many, many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone -- age 5 to 105 -- who has ever wondered how things work, and why.Please note that this ebook works best on a Kindle Fire or an iPad.
Published by: John Murray | Publication date: 11/24/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 74 pages