This is a unique nonfiction book about a century of science fiction, fact, and speculation.
The book covers a century of science fiction and where we have come from the early days to now. The book also discusses Isaac Asimov’s seminal robot masterpiece, I, Robot. It was a seminal book indeed and even philosophers and other academics were reading the book when it first was published.
The book also discusses the 2050 Singularity when rapid technological growth will result in the merging of human and artificial intelligence.
Terri Favro offers a unique perspective on how our relationship with robotics and futuristic technologies has shifted over time. The book is peppered with pop-culture fun facts about Superman’s kryptonite, the human-machine relationships in the sci-fi drama Her, and the sexual and moral implications of the film Ex Machina, Generation Robo explores how the techno triumphs and resulting anxieties of reality bleed into the fantasies of our collective culture.
This book is clever and accessible. It 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 to the world works–now and tomorrow.
I loved the book, and I love all books that discuss artificial intelligence. With my philosophical bent and expertise, I poured over the pages of the book, and decided to purchase it for my own collection. I think I just need to read the book another time before I actually set it on my shelf.
Be sure to pick it up if you are wondering where our world is going with all its technological advances. There are indeed consequences to the glossy technologies that encourage us to only look at the benefits of technology.
This book will make you think!