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Talking to Robots
Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures
By (author): David Ewing Duncan
9781524743598 Hardcover English General Trade COMPUTERS / Artificial Intelligence / General Jul 16, 2019
$39.00 CAD
Active 6.22 x 9.29 x 1.05 in | 1.14 lb 320 pages B&W ART THROUGHOUT Dutton
This ebullient and optimistic book features thirty visions of robot futures, scenarios based on real machines that are either here or are coming in the near future, or have been seriously contemplated.

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.

INVOLVEMENT OF INDUSTRY LEADERS: David Duncan is interviewing famous engineers, entrepreneurs, and robotics experts to create thirty complete and convincing visions of what they see coming in our robot future, both good and bad, utopic and dystopic.

IMMENSE CULTURAL INTEREST: Two of the most popular shows on television, Westworld and Humans, deal with the implications of convincing anthropomorphic robots.

APPROACHING A CRITICAL MOMENT IN ROBOTICS: Robots and AI have long been staples of sci-fi pop culture and scientific imagination, but only now are we nearing a moment in time that those hypotheticals are colliding with our ability to actually create human-like mechanical beings.

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best known as the 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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Praise for Talking to Robots:
“If you want to see what that future might look like, Duncan's book is a fun place to start.”--NPR

"One of 32 Books You Need to Read This Summer" and a "riveting read."--Time.com

“A refreshing variation on the will-intelligent-robots-bring-Armageddon genre…this colorful mixture of expert futurology and quirky speculation does not disappoint.”--Kirkus

"5 books not to miss...A fascinating work of imaginative futurology"--USA Today

“Intensely readable, downright terrifying, and surprisingly uplifting.”--VanityFair.com

"Until we have a non-fiction robot that writes brilliant, insightful books (I give it 25 years), we can thank God we have David Ewing Duncan. Thanks to David’s book, I have a healthy mix of wonder and panic about the future. But more important, perhaps: I feel a bit more prepared for this radically different landscape, one where robots change everything from politics to parenting, from coffee to sex."--AJ Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy

“This book is a brilliant chronicle of encounters with our future selves, even as we already experience the vertigo of changing. Drawn from real conversations with living visionaries, Duncan takes us to the crossroads of the inevitable merging of human and machine. Splendidly written, passionately argued, and well-researched, this book is a divination tool for the arrival of either the utopia or the apocalypse.”--Andrei Codrescu, author of Raised by Puppets Only to Be Killed by Research: essays from NPR

“For the last two years Duncan—a contributor to Vanity Fair, Wired, and the Atlantic—has been pairing his journalistic expertise with his imagination to ponder where advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence may soon take us. The result of this hybrid reporting/fantasizing process is his intensely readable, downright terrifying, and surprisingly uplifting new book, Talking to Robots… For a good cry, try Memory Bot or Teddy Bot. If you want to never sleep again, Warrior Bot is for you… Duncan, in many ways, is a historian of the future—that is, the ways in which humans have historically envisioned what’s to come.”Vanity Fair

“We talk a lot about AI… taking our jobs and candidly there's a lot written… This book is a fascinating look… It's definitely worth picking up and thought-provoking to stay the least.”Bloomberg

“So this is a pretty serious book. The author interviewed about two dozen people in various fields, genetics, physics, filmmaking, writing, about the coming disruption from robots and AI. For instance, can a robot or AI write a really compelling thriller? Can they write a terrific song? Can they write a film that millions will go out to watch? And I think what this book really tells is the coming disruption from AI… It's a huge discussion in this book.”–David Baldacci on the Today Show

“A creative mix of fiction and nonfiction, such as in Talking to Robots, might be the ideal vehicle to illuminate our current situation - even if that approach leaves us in doubt about what might be coming next.”Inside Higher Ed

“An ingenious blend of fiction and non-fiction, future and present, a story about serious issues told with disarming humor.”The American Conservative

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