Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs
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.
Cyborgs will be less obvious. These additions to the human body are interior now, as rebuilt joints, elbows and hearts. Soon we will cross the line between repair and augmentation, probably first in sports medicine, then spreading to everyone who wants to make a body perform better, last longer, than it ordinarily could. Controversy will arise, but it will not stop the desire to live longer and be stronger than we are.
Gregory Benford and Elisabeth Malartre's Beyond Human treats the landscape of human self-change and robotic development as poles of the same general phenomenon.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fpagan - LibraryThing
Ah, 'borgs, 'bots, 'n' 'droids -- possible first steps towards transhumanism. Actually though, these authors, compared to others like Moravec and Kurzweil, are rather conservative about such things as the feasibility of and timeframe for mind uploading. Read full review
Beyond human: living with robots and cyborgsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The simple title of this book belies its profundity-and its sense of humor. Besides an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of developments in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence ... Read full review