Generation Robot : A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation Paperback / softback
by Terri Favro
For Fans of Mary Roach, a Sweetly Nostalgic and Enlightening Exploration of Futures Past, Present, and Still to ComeGeneration Robot covers a century of science fiction, fact, and speculation-from the 1950 publication of Isaac Asimov's seminal robot masterpiece, I, Robot, to the 2050 Singularity when artificial and human intelligence are predicted to merge.
Beginning with a childhood informed by pop-culture robots in movies, in comic books, and on TV in the 1960s, to adulthood where the possibilities of self-driving cars and virtual reality are daily conversation, Terri Favro offers a unique perspective on how our relationship with robotics and futuristic technologies has shifted over time.
Peppered with pop-culture fun-facts about Superman's kryptonite, the human-machine relationships in the cult TV show Firefly, and the sexual and moral implications of the film Ex Machina, Generation Robot explores how the techno-triumphs and resulting anxieties of reality bleed into the fantasies of our collective culture.
Clever and accessible, Generation Robot isn't just for the serious, scientific reader-it's for everyone interested in robotics and technology since their science-fiction origins.
By looking back at the future she once imagined, analyzing the plugged-in present, and speculating on what is on the horizon, Terri Favro allows readers the chance to consider what was, what is, and what could be.
This is a captivating book that looks at the pop-culture of our society to explain how the world works-now and tomorrow.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 264 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/03/2020
- Category: History of science
- ISBN: 9781510754614
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