The Life Story of a Technology
Robots fascinate us, and they have become increasingly important in post–World War II industry and space exploration. Where did the idea for such devices come from? What varied uses do they serve in our world, and where do they seem to be headed? Lisa Nocks traces the history of the robot, from the earliest concepts in ancient myth to mechanical toys of the Enlightenment, from the Jacquard punch card loom in the Industrial Revolution to Japanese car-making devices, and from rovers on Mars and the latest developments in artificial intelligence to the service robotics of the twenty-first century. This volume includes a timeline of important events, a glossary of terms, descriptions and statistics of robot labs and companies around the world, and a helpful bibliography of primary and secondary sources for further research.
About the Author
Lisa Nocks is a University Lecturer at New Jersey Institute of Technology in the Federated Department of History, NJIT/Rutgers. She writes on the recent history of technology and the social impact of techno-science.
"Concise and direct to the point, Nocks' technography on the robot offers a rich overview of the systems we understand as robotic. It summarizes the 30-some-year-long history of a plethora of ideas, experiments, and implementations that have found their places in our everyday lives."
"What distinguishes this book from others is its attempt to cover the long history of robots, as well as to take the time to explain how many of the technologies actually work."
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