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Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs Hardcover – September 18, 2007
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The simple title of this book belies its profundity-and its sense of humor. Besides an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of developments in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, physicist Benford and biologist Malartre also address deeper questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind, as well as humankind's nervous relationship with increasingly sophisticated machines. Looking at robots' use in all areas, such as unskilled labor, precision work (like surgery), the home and the battlefield, Benford and Malartre take into account not just the latest research and developments, but the long popularity of robots and cyborgs in pop culture (citing movies like A.I. and The Day the Earth Stood Still). Their concluding argument, that consciousness and the intellectual power of the human mind emerge from the complexity of the brain, and thus cannot be reduced to the functioning of its individual components, leads them to doubt, convincingly, that robots (machines that mimic humans) and cyborgs (man-machine hybrids) will ever amount to more than sophisticated tools, enhancing human life but never replacing it. Throughout, the authors maintain a playful sense, an optimistic view of the future and a steady grip on this rapidly expanding field.
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“Interviews with pioneers and participants in enhancement research, robotics and engineering, and informed perspectives on the theory, economics, and actuality of life extension, give Beyond Human the flavor of a tourist guide to the future, conducted by natives…. Serve[s] up a feast.” ―Nature
“The simple title of this book belies its profundity―and its sense of humor. Besides an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of developments in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, physicist Benford and biologist Malartre also address deeper questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind, as well as humankind’s nervous relationship with increasingly sophisticated machines.” ―Publishers Weekly--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Smart limb prostheses can greatly benefit the disabled. On the other hand, augmented human can see better, smell better and overhear conversation with artificial eye, electronic nose and ear respectively. In the future, it may be possible to implant an artificial brain stem in an accident victim. Such advanced cyborg will challenge the "whole brain" standard of death (i.e. there is no brain waves before the person is considered to be dead).
Home robots are still not generally available. However, the number of mobile robots for military use are increasing rapidly. In the future, a soldier will direct the robot movement through a wearable interface at a distance. In the wearable world, the small body-worn computer is always on, ready and accessible. It will seek and feed information into the eyes and ears of the wearer from information networks anywhere in the world!
This philosophy reflects a narrow consciousness in its believers. Robots are puppets, high-tech Pinocchios, not more than snazzy dolls and teddy bears, not serious models for humanity.
Read my "Enchantments of Technology" book.
This book is fun and worth checking out from the library, but I highly recommend that you purchase "The singularity is near" for a more stimulating read.