When will robots take charge?
Please read the following books:
Kelly, Kevin - Out of Control
Dyson, George - Darwin Among the Machines: the evolution of global intelligence
Moravec, Hans - Robot: mere machine to Transcendent Mind
Kurzweil, Ray - The Age of Spiritual Machines
Hawkins, Jeff - On Intelligence : How A New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of
Truly Intelligent Machines
And visit the following sites:
Kevin Warwick outlines his plan to become one with his computer Web:
After you have read these books and browsed Kevin Warwick's site, we recommend that you
return to www.donbot.com for more information.
The following are from Science November 16, 2007:
Pfeifer, Lungarella, and Iida (p. 1088) examine recent efforts to design robots based on lessons learned from biological
organisms. They show that robots can improve their performance by borrowing living body plans and substructures.
Bellingham and Rajan (p. 1098) tell how robots with an increasing sense of autonomy are being used to explore the
hostile environments under the oceans and in outer space.
Madden (p. 1094) reviews the progress that has been made in developing artificial muscles that can compete with the
properties of human muscle and may one day enable untethered robots to run, leap, jump, or climb.
But even as robots become more lifelike, the biological function of self-replication still eludes them, as Cho (p. 1084)
The last two pieces take us from body to brain. In a story by Lester (p. 1086), we find that robots are increasingly used in
secondary schools and undergraduate programs as tools to interest students in engineering and computer science.
From a different direction, a Perspective from Edelman (p. 1103) describes a research program in which robots equipped
with brainlike devices learn to carry out tasks in the presence of visual cues and other sensory feedback. These "Darwin"
bots may teach us something about our own ways of thinking and learning.
Outside the special section are two stories in News Focus. Service (p. 1056) looks at future exploration of the Northeast
Pacific Ocean using partly robotic platforms
Cho (p. 1060) covers the DARPA Urban Challenge, an international competition for self-navigating driverless cars held in
California earlier this month.
In an Editorial by Sawyer (p. 1037), we learn how the science fiction literature has long considered a robotic future and the
many ethical questions this will raise.
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