Mohrbooks Literary Agency
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Dutton (2019-07-17)
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Politics & government


Tales From Our Robot-Human Futures

by Duncan, David Ewing

Throughout history, humans have been infatuated with the notion of artificial intelligence. Here is an optimistic book that features 30 visions of robot futures that either exist already or are coming in the near future.

Throughout history, humans have been infatuated with the notion of artificial intelligence. But now the moment is fast upon us when super-intelligent robots are poised to arrive for real. Not the lumbering industrial-grade bots that have been churning out paper clips, Prozac, and Volkswagens for years. But the real deal: robots that we can truly talk to and interact with, and have at least simulated intelligence if not actual artificial intelligence.

Teddy bots, sex bots. Robot psychiatrists; robot lawyers and judges; super AI machines with powers both evil and good: for techno-optimists, the quest to upgrade people and improve our behavior circles back to a religious-like veneration of technology, including robots and artificial intelligence. For these true believers, robots and AI will diminish or even end humanity's travails such as war and hunger, plus allow us to live longer (possibly much longer).

Drawing from his own expertise, as well as extensive interviews with robot experts, famous engineers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, and thinkers, David Duncan will explain how these robots function as machines, and also what they say about us as humans: our hopes and anxieties; our myths, stories, and ideas about life and artificial beings. And while we continue to be equally intrigued and apprehensive about the impending robo-future, our fascination with robots has always been less about the potential technology, and more about what robots can tell us about what it means to be human.

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning and bestselling author of Experimental Man. David is CEO and Curator of Arc Fusion, and a Health Strategist in Residence for IDEO. He is a columnist for the Daily Beast and the chief correspondent for NPR Talk's Biotech Nation. David writes for The New York Times, Atlantic, Fortune, Wired, National Geographic, Discover, and Outside, among others. He is a former commentator for NPR's Morning Edition and a special correspondent and producer for ABC's Nightline and 20/20, a former producer for Discovery Channel, and a correspondent for NOVA's ScienceNow!. David's work has won numerous awards, including Magazine Story of the Year from AAAS, and has been nominated twice for a National Magazine Award. He serves on a committee of the National Academies of Sciences. David lives in San Francisco and is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

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David Ewing Duncan's great PBS NewsHour segment discussing Talking to Robots. The interview aired this weekend and is now available online.

Quote: PBS NewsHour

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Quote: Dutton ran an excerpt from the book


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