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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Mark Stephen Meadows
|Description:||x, 227 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction : The Virginia calculator --
Part I. Today : The terminator: on robots that hunt humans, have faces, and why we are so afraid of them: Emotions, part 1--
The Jetsons: on robots that cook pancakes, vacuum, and tend to cities, farms, and fields: Interaction, part 1 --
2001: a space odyssey: on robots that play chess, tell jokes, and invest your money: Intelligence, part 1 --
Iron Man: how to dodge bullets, leap small buildings in a single bound, and stop a speeding train: Body, part 1 --
Part II. Futurama : Blade runner: on robots that will sing, search, make a mewling noise, and then measure your emotions: Emotions, part 2 --
Star wars: on superstars, masters, slaves, and the unholy coupling of an iPhone, an Avatar, and a cat: Interaction, part 2 --
Battlestar Galactica: on resurrections, autoportraits, top-downs, bottom-ups, and why AI is an obsolete art: Intelligence, part 2 --
Avatar: on wetware avatars, death from the neck down, and the horror of the train: Body, part 2.
|Responsibility:||Mark Stephen Meadows.|
"If you grew up like I did on a steady diet of The Jetsons, The Six Million Dollar Man, Star Wars, and The Terminator, then you've been wondering when all your robot fantasies might become true. But