Robot The Life Story of a Technology

ISBN-10: 0801890713
ISBN-13: 9780801890710
Edition: 2008
Authors: Lisa Nocks
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Description: Human-like (or hominoid) machines fascinate us, and they have become increasingly important in post--World War II industry and space exploration. Where did the idea for such devices come from? What varied uses do they serve in our world, and where  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Human-like (or hominoid) machines fascinate us, and they have become increasingly important in post--World War II industry and space exploration. Where did the idea for such devices come from? What varied uses do they serve in our world, and where do they seem to be headed? Lisa Nocks capitalizes on the salience of these issues, tracing the development of the robot from jacquemarts (human-form clocks) to the robot Elektro and his robotic dog at the 1939 World's Fair to Japanese car-making devices to rovers on Mars and programmable fighting hominoids in Western pop culture.

Lisa Nocks is a historian who writes on the diffusion of scientific and technical knowledge to the public through the media. She currently teaches at Fordham University, Rose Hill, in the department of communication and media studies.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Timeline
Ancestors
Between Ritual, Myth, and Machine: Robot Ancestors
Automata to Automation
The Early Years
Into the Factory: The First Robots
Smarter Machines: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Growth of the Field
Getting Around: Perception, Locomotion, and Power
Robots among Us: The Latest Developments
Conclusion
Glossary of Terms
Further Reading
Index

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