Android Dreams

[A]n entertaining peek behind the scenes at the flesh-and-blood engineers of the groundbreaking Robotics Institute, much of whose research is funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Defense Department. The book, however, is more about frustration than achievement. Despite the round-the-clock efforts of the best and the brightest, today's real-life robots are a dim, lumbering lot, a far cry from the wise, nimble models of science fiction. Indeed, the book might well have been titled "Not Very Human" or "Almost Human in the Dark if You Really, Really Want to Believe." […]

Gutkind excels at making complex technical concepts comprehensible and painting vivid word pictures. " – M.G. Lord