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Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures

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Award-winning journalist David Ewing Duncan considers 24 visions of possible human-robot futures--Incredible scenarios from Teddy Bots to Warrior Bots, and Politician Bots to Sex Bots--Grounded in real technologies and possibilities and inspired by our imagination.

What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us, their creators?
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Dutton Books
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Radiantflux
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
95th book for 2019.

In this book, David Ewing Duncan offers a series of short essays on lots of different possible robot futures—teddy bear robots, sex robots, life without jobs robots, self-driving trucks robots, lie detecting robots, God-like robots, apocalyptic robots, helper robots etc etc.

The stories are told in a whimsical, almost Douglas Adams fashion—if you've read Stanisław Lem's robots stories you'll have a good sense of what to expect—written as stories from the future with (fictional
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Tim Dugan
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Insightful ... what are robots, really?

Funny ... some Douglas-Adams-like humor

But toward the end kind of drags on

Audio book read by John Lee which is great
Jordan Lombard
Jul 25, 2019 marked it as unfinished
This book is really hard to define. It's shelved in nonfiction, but really, it seems to be mostly fiction. It's difficult to determine what's nonfiction and what's fiction in this. I was hoping for something a little more concrete in fact and future thinking, but this isn't exactly it, even though it kind of is.

I think what I didn't like was that it wasn't written from the point of view of scientific experts but from people and robots of the future looking back?

In short, this just didn't work
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Artur Coelho
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Especular cenários de antecipação é uma técnica clássica para perceber como as forças do momento presente poderão moldar o nosso futuro. Este livro é uma aplicação direta disso. Parte de entrevistas a experts em robótica, inteligência artificial e transhumanismo para traçar cenários hipotéticos. A base de investigação é sólida. O problema está nos cenários em si. Duncan decide seguir um caminho algo histriónico, mais baseado em jargão pseudo-futurista do que transposição sólida do que aprendeu p ...more
Kathy
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered where all this talk of robots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning will take us? David Duncan gives plausible insights into what the future might hold. Written as a very readable, conversation with a person from the future, each chapter takes a concept and describes what it has become and where it started. The eyebrow-raising, almost scary part of each chapter is that the early seeds of these possible futures all exist in the here and now. Mr. Duncan cites real i ...more
Jim Paulson
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not my favourite, I struggled to finish it.
Sara
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is... strange.
It’s supposedly half sci fi/futuristic and half based on real science.
But it’s hard to tell which is which at times because the author doesn’t tell you.

Most chapters say ‘when I interviewed so and so in 2018’. Always the same year. Did the author actually interview them the same year or did he just stumble on their research or TED talks?

Is it interesting ? Sure. Most of it is because it’s written in a very light style. Sometimes you wish he’d explain a bit more... or ev
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David Ewing Duncan is the author of seven books including the worldwide bestseller Calendar. He is Chief Correspondent of public radio's Biotech Nation, a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, and a contributing editor and a columnist for Conde Nast Portfolio. He has been a contributing editor to Wired, Discover and Technology Review, and has written for Harper s, The Atlantic, Fortune, and many o ...more