PLEASE NOTE: ALL IMAGES REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION.


ASIMO:

1. Menzel, Peter, with Faith D'Aluisio. RoboSapiens: : Evolution of a New Species. MIT Press, Cambridge. September, 2001. http://robosapiens.mit.edu/

2. Weiner, Eric. Friendly Robots. NPR, All Things Considered. April 8, 2002 www.npr.org

http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/11/20/comdex.bestof/ (PARO, another interesting robot mentioned in Eric Weiner's piece)

3. See also: http://world.honda.com/ASIMO/ (NOTE—THESE VIDEOS ARE UNCANNY )

4. Ken Goldberg, Roland Siegwart. Beyond Webcams: An Introduction to Online Robots. MIT Press, Cambridge. 2002. pps. 1-25. Cover photo reproduced with permission. Available at www.mitpress.com


Coworker:

1. www.irobot.com.

2. Goldberg and Siegwart. 2002.


 

BEAM:

1. Mark Tilden's original BEAM website (explains philosophy): http://www.nis.lanl.gov/projects/robot/

2. http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/6897/beam2.html


 

CRASAR:

1. Sheiber, Mark. “Robots to the Rescue.” St. Petersburg Times, Floridian section. March 2, 2003. http://www.sptimes.com/2003/03/02/Floridian/Robots_to_the_rescue.shtml

2. Lee, Jennifer. “Agile in a Crisis, Robots Show Their Mettle.” The New York Times, Late Edition-Final. Secion G; Page 7; Column 1. Thursday, September 27, 2001.

Also, check out MAVs, search and rescue robots under development here at the University of Florida, and some related info/thoughts:

http://www.mil.ufl.edu/mav/

Crandall , Jordan . “ Unmanned: Embedded Reporters, Predator Drones and Armed Perception.” C-theory, April 9, 2003. http://www.ctheory.net/text_file.asp?pick=378

McMichael, James M. and Col. Michael S. Francis. “Micro Air Vehicles: Toward a New Dimension in Flight.” DARPA release, August 7, 1997. http://www.darpa.mil/tto/mav/mav_auvsi.html


 

Origins:

1. Brief robot history: http://www.rurobots.co.uk/robot_history.html

2. About Yeats' "Sailing to Byzantium": http://www.mrbauld.com/exyeatsai.html

3. Capek, Karel. Rossum's Universal Robots. Prague, 1920.

4. Asimov, Isaac. I, Robot. Gnome Press, 1950.


 

Cybernetics:

1. Heylighen, Francis and Joslyn, Cliff. “Cybernetics and Second-Order Cybernetics.” Encyclopedia of Physical Science & Technology (3rd ed.), Academic Press, New York, 2001.

2. Weiner, Norbert. Cybernetics: or the Control and Communication in the Animal andthe Machine. MIT Press, Boston . 1972.

Note: copy of Weiner's final book, God and Golem, Inc. , considering theological ramifications of cybernetics: http://www.simson.net/blog/archives/000046.php

For a link to feminist theory, see Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto.


 

Future:

1. Kurzweil, Ray. The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence. Penguin, Boston . 1999. pps. 1-50. On the web at www.kurzweilai.net (amazing site).

2. Hans Moravec home page: http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/~hpm/ and Robotics Institute.

See also: MIT Media Lab (home to A.I. pioneer Marvin Minsky): http://www.media.mit.edu/

 


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