Almost Human (Paperback Edition)

Making Robots Think

Lee Gutkind

In the high bay at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon, Segways scoot across the floor chasing and shooting soccer balls while other robots hunt for treasure. Nursebots, developed to care for hospital patients, mingle with a robotic Lara Croft lookalike. 

Lee Gutkind immersed himself in this frenzied subculture, and in Almost Human he introduces us to Zoë, Groundhog, Grace, and Sandstormrobots designed to help or, in some cases, replace humansas well as the colorful cast of students, researchers, scientists, and engineers who are attempting to create robots that can react autonomously to changing circumstances. Almost Human makes intelligible their discoveries and stumbling points, while opening our eyes to a world of mechanical mayhem with the promise to produce miracles.

A remarkable, intense portrait of the robotic subculture and the challenging quest for robot autonomy.

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Lee Gutkind

Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the founder and editor of Creative... read more

Reviews

Robots Aren't About to Kill Us, Because They're Less Reliable Than Windows 95

January 2, 2010

Lee Gutkind's 2007 book Almost Human: Making Robots Think offers an optimistic view of the world of robotics: no, robots will not... read more

Obsessive Geniuses Strive to Create Almost Human Robots

Wired News

March 29, 2007

Behind every Hasbro Butterscotch Robotic Pony and every NASA rover exploring Mars are teams of roboticists who've worked obsessively... read more

The Winding Road to the Robotic Future

Wall Street Journal

March 16, 2007

What emerges in "Almost Human" is a fascinating, frustrating, sad story. The Carnegie-Mellon researchers have big dreams. They... read more

Android Dreams

L.A. Times

March 18, 2007

[A]n entertaining peek behind the scenes at the flesh-and-blood engineers of the groundbreaking Robotics Institute, much of whose... read more

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