Future Robots

Towards a robotic science of human beings

| Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome
ISBN 9789027204615 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027270085 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This book is for both robot builders and scientists who study human behaviour and human societies. Scientists do not only collect empirical data but they also formulate theories to explain the data. Theories of human behaviour and human societies are traditionally expressed in words but, today, with the advent of the computer they can also be expressed by constructing computer-based artefacts. If the artefacts do what human beings do, the theory/blueprint that has been used to construct the artefacts explains human behaviour and human societies. Since human beings are primarily bodies, the artefacts must be robots, and human robots must progressively reproduce all we know about human beings and their societies. And, although they are purely scientific tools, they can have one very important practical application: helping human beings to better understand the many difficult problems they face today and will face in the future - and, perhaps, to find solutions for these problems.
[Advances in Interaction Studies, 7]  2014.  xii, 489 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. Robots as theories of behaviour
2. Robots that have motivations and emotions
3. How robots acquire their behaviour
4. Robots that have language
5. Robots with a mental life
6. Social robots
7. Robotic families
8. Robots that learn from other robots and develop cultures and technologies
9. Robot that own things
10. Political robotics
11. Robotic economies
12. Individually different robots and robots with pathologies
13. Robots that have art, religion, philosophy, science, and history
14. Human robots are future robots
15. How human robots can be useful to human beings
References and additional readings
“This is an inspirational book that ranges from simple evolutionary robotic simulations on navigation tasks to more challenging simulation experiments on social, political and economic issues. The book describes numerous examples from the wide and diverse work done by Parisi and his collaborators and former students at the renowned Artificial Life and Robotics group at the National Research Council in Rome. This volume sets the theoretical and technological bases for forthcoming research on future robots.”
“This is a deep, exciting, and thought-provoking exploration of our common computational future, performed by a leading scientific mind and world-class computational social science innovator.”
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