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Generation robot : a century of science fiction, fact, and speculation
Favro, Terri, author.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
Physical Description:
xx, 231 pages ; 24 cm
"Generation Robot covers a century of science fiction, fact and, speculation--from the 1950 publication of Isaac Asimov's seminal robot masterpiece, I, Robot, to the 2050 Singularity when artificial and human intelligence are predicted to merge. Beginning with a childhood informed by pop-culture robots in movies, in comic books, and on TV in the 1960s to adulthood where the possibilities of self-driving cars and virtual reality are daily conversation, Terri Favro offers a unique perspective on how our relationship with robotics and futuristic technologies has shifted over time. Peppered with pop-culture fun-facts about Superman's kryptonite, the human-machine relationships in the cult TV show Firefly, and the sexual and moral implications of the film Ex Machina, Generation Robot explores how the techno-triumphs and resulting anxieties of reality bleed into the fantasies of our collective culture. Clever and accessible, Generation Robot isn't just for the serious, scientific reader--it's for everyone interested in robotics and technology since their science-fiction origins. By looking back at the future she once imagined, analyzing the plugged-in present, and speculating on what is on the horizon, Terri Favro allows readers the chance to consider what was, what is, and what could be. This is a captivating book that looks at the pop-culture of our society to explain how the world works--now and tomorrow"--
Introduction: Why robots? -- Isaac's kids (1950) -- Monolith (1968) -- A tramp in the AI winter (1985) -- Fun and games with thinking machines (2018) -- Hitching a ride in a driverless car (2025) -- Waking up the house (2030) -- The good robot (2040) -- Sex and the singularity (2050).
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