Living with Robots


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Table of Contents

1 Why are we all so Scared of Robots?
2 Appearance: Will they Look Like Us?
3 Movement: Will they Live with Us?
4 Senses: Will they be Aware of Us?
5 The Lost Robot: Could they Know where they Are and How to Get Home?
6 Touch and Handling: Could I Shake Hands with a Robot?
7 Could Robots be AIs?
8 Could Robots Learn to do things For Themselves?
9 Collaborating Robots: Could they Work as Partners or Groups?
10 Emotions: Could Robots have Feelings?
11 Social Interaction: Pets, Butlers, or Companions?
12 Speech and Language: Would we be Able to Talk to them?
13 Society and Ethics: Could a Robot have Morals?

About the Author

Ruth Aylett is Professor of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. A robotics researcher for thirty years, she is the author of Robots- Bringing Intelligent Machines to Life. Patricia A. Vargas is Founder-Director of the Robotics Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University, where she is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Robotics. She is coeditor of The Horizons of Evolutionary Robotics (MIT Press).


"The authors cover an impressive amount of ground and approach the implications of advanced technology with nuance. Well-researched, this survey makes for an in-depth review of the present state of robotics. "
-Publishers Weekly

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