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Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs

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Concepts once purely fiction -- robots, cyborg parts, artificial intelligences-- are becoming part of everyday reality. Soon robots will be everywhere, performing surgery, exploring hazardous places, making rescues, fighting fires, handling heavy goods. After a decade or two, they will be as unremarkable as the computer screen is now in offices, airports or restaurants.

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Forge Books (first published March 1st 2003)
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Jason
I was really impressed by Benford's book Deep Time , but this subsequent volume on robots and cyborgs did not do much for me.

I expected a robust discussion of not only the current trends in robotics and cybernetics but also their implications for society and the human species; instead I got the usual techno-utopian cheerleading that relies on weak, if not actually false, analogies (e.g., "We've always been tool users, so therefore being cyborgs with implanted/integrated "tools" won't really be
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Meaghan
Jun 28, 2012 Meaghan rated it liked it
This book brings up the possibilities of the relationship between humans and technology. Conflict of emotion and logic, religion and evolution; sadly even in the last chapter all conflicts never really were settled by the author. Yet I guess it is the trouble of adding ethics to the subjects adds more problems/questions!
I am very interested in investigating the source material, for I felt (besides the interviews)a lot of the material was based on fiction and I still crave for my concrete or hist
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Boden Steiner
May 27, 2010 Boden Steiner rated it really liked it
Filled with information and ideas to jump-start the imagination of a fiction writer. It's difficult to publish anything in this arena and remain on the cutting edge of the moment, but Benford manages to discuss a variety of ideas and scenarios provoked by the subject matter.

Along with the changing news we see every day, I'd consider this an invaluable resource to anyone interested in the topic.
James
Aug 20, 2008 James rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in technology or sociology
Fascinating and solidly grounded, filled with interviews with scientists, engineers, ethicists, and others actually doing the work in the fields discussed. Not only interesting as a look at some ways life may be different for future generations, but great as a source of plot elements or background details for science fiction writers. Highly recommended!
Donna
Jan 03, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who want to know what's on the horizen in the tech world
This isn't great literature. But if you like to stay abreast of the latest technology, especially regarding human/tech interaction or even symbiosis pick this book up.
Paul
May 04, 2010 Paul rated it it was ok
Not a bad read, per se, but a bit bland. Heavier on philosophy than hard science, and I've no use for that.
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Gregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.

As a science fiction author, Benford is best known for the Galactic Center Saga novels, beginning with In the Ocean of Night (1977). This series postulates a galaxy in which sentient organic life is in constant warfare wit
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