Almost Human (Paperback)

In the high bay at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon, Segways scoot across the floor chasing and shooting soccer balls while other robots hunt for treasure. Nursebots, developed to care for hospital patients, mingle with a robotic Lara Croft lookalike.

Lee Gutkind immersed himself in this frenzied subculture, and in Almost Human he introduces us to Zoë, Groundhog, Grace, and Sandstormrobots designed to help or, in some cases, replace humansas well as the colorful cast of students, researchers, scientists, and engineers who are attempting to create robots that can react autonomously to changing circumstances. Almost Human makes intelligible their discoveries and stumbling points, while opening our eyes to a world of mechanical mayhem with the promise to produce miracles.

A remarkable, intense portrait of the robotic subculture and the challenging quest for robot autonomy.


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Author Bio

  • Lee Gutkind
    Lee Gutkind is the author and editor of more than thirty books, including You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction–from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between, Almost Human: Making Robots Think, The Best Seat in Baseball: But You Have to Stand, Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather, and the award-winning, Many Sleepless Nights: The World of Organ Transplantation.
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