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review 2018-10-03 09:28
Will Computers Revolt? by Charles Simon
Will Computers Revolt?: Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence - Simon Charles

TITLE:  Will Computers Revolt?  Preparing for hte Future of Artificial Intelligence

 

AUTHOR:  Charles Simon

 

PUBLICATION DATE:  30 October 2018

 

FORMAT:  ARC PDF

 

ISBN-13:  9781732687219

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.

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DESCRIPTION:

"Explore the world of computer intelligent technology and how we can prepare ourselves.

For those imagining the future directions of intelligent technology, this book gives readers an excellent place to start, as it is easy to read, well researched, and provocative.

This book includes many real-world examples to interest the layman along with enough technical detail to convince the computer scientist.

Written in layman's language by Charles J. Simon, an uniquely qualified, noted computer hardware expert and neural network software pioneer. He is exploring the world inf computer intelligent technology and how we can prepare ourselves."

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The author discusses intelligence in terms of several specified behaviours which he thinks are necessary components of thinking and intelligence.  Simon then goes on to show how each behaviour is possible in future computers, but also inevitable.  He also takes a look at how humans will interact with intelligent computers in the future. 

 

This is an interesting, methodical and somewhat plodding introductory book to artificial intelligence. There are numerous coloured diagrams to help with the explanations.  Also numerous thought experiments and comparisons between machine and human brain functioning.  This book provides food for thought, but came across as a course text book for the subject, with repetitions.  I felt like I was in a collage classroom being lectured at.

 

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review 2018-06-22 10:21
WE: ROBOT by David Hambling
WE: ROBOT: The robots that already rule our world - David Hambling

TITLE: WE: ROBOT: The Robots That Already Rule Our World

 

AUTHOR:  David Hambling

 

PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

 

FORMAT: ebook/ PDF

 

ISBN-13: 978 1 78131 805 8

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.

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From the blurb:

Robots exist all around us. They populate our factories, assist our surgeons and have become an integral part of our armed forces. But they are not just working behind the scenes – impressive inventions such as free-roaming hoovers takecare of your household chores and the iPal is set to become your closest friend.

David Hambling reveals the groundbreaking machines – once the realm of science fiction – that are by our sides today, and those that are set to change the future forever. From the Reem robocop that polices the streets of Dubai to the drones that deliver our parcels and even the uncanny Gemonoid Hi-4 built to look just like you, here are fifty unique robots that reach into every aspect of our daily lives.

We:Robot examines why robots have become embedded in our culture, how they work and what they tell us about our society and its future.

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In We:Robot, David Hambling discusses the myriad of ways that robots and humans already work together and what the future may hold for robot-human interactions.  He provides a variety of specific robotic examples under four categories:  robots at work, robots at war, robots in your life and robots beyond.  Each robot example includes a page sized diagram (and sometimes a photograph), its dimensions, construction material, power source, processor, year of first use and then a summary of the robot's history and uses.  

Examples of specific robots include:
(1) industrial robots such as those that help put cars together, those that are designed to pick strawberries, skyscraper window washers (aptly named the Gekko Facade Robot), pilotbots, the alpha burger-bot, and the robot that herds and milks cows!!;
(2) household, lifestyle and medical robots such as the Roomba "vacuum cleaner", the Automower 450X, the Da Vinci Surgical System, the kiddies entertainment unit (IPAL - not sure letting a robot raise your child is a good idea, but it's there!), bionic hands;
(3) war robots such as drones, the packhorse replacement packbot, exoskeletons; and
(4) robots in the future such as the robonaut, underwater dolphin robot, a remote controlled lifeguard robot, Curiosity Mars rover, the soft, squishy octobot, swarming kilobots, and the Dubai police robots.

I found this book to be particularly fascinating - I had no idea there were that many robots running around!  The writing style is clear and conversational, with no technobabble.  The illustrations are beautifully (and colourfully) rendered and accompanied by colour photographs of a selection of the stranger robots.

This is an interesting book that takes a look at some specific robots, how they work, how they fit into our lives and what the future holds for us and them.  I suspect even technophobes will find this book interesting.

 

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text 2017-08-31 10:23
Global Vision Guided Robotics Sales Market Report 2017

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The Global Vision Guided Robotics Sales Market Report 2017 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Vision Guided Robotics industry.

Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Vision Guided Robotics market analysis is provided for the international market including development history, competitive landscape analysis, and major regions’ development status.

Secondly, development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures. This report also states import/export, supply and consumption figures as well as cost, price, revenue and gross margin by regions (United States, EU, China and Japan), and other regions can be added.

Then, the report focuses on global major leading industry players with information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. Upstream raw materials, equipment and downstream consumers analysis is also carried out. What’s more, the Vision Guided Robotics industry development trends and marketing channels are analyzed.

Finally, the feasibility of new investment projects is assessed, and overall research conclusions are offered.

In a word, the report provides major statistics on the state of the industry and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the market.

In this report, the global Vision Guided Robotics market is valued at USD XX million in 2016 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2016 and 2022.

Geographically, this report split global into several key Regions, with sales (K Units), revenue (Million USD), market share and growth rate of Vision Guided Robotics for these regions, from 2012 to 2022 (forecast), covering
    United States
    China
    Europe
    Japan
    Korea
    Taiwan

Global Vision Guided Robotics market competition by top manufacturers/players, with Vision Guided Robotics sales volume, Price (USD/Unit), revenue (Million USD) and market share for each manufacturer/player; the top players including
    FANUC
    ADEPT
    ABB
    Kuka
    YASKAWA
    Kawasaki Robotics
    OTC
    EPSON
    Denso
    Staubli
    American Robot
    NACHI
    COMAU
    CLOOS
    Panasonic
    SIASUN
    GSK
    EFFORT
    MINGSEA
    TOPSTARLTD
    JATEN

......

On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume (K Units), revenue (Million USD), product price (USD/Unit), market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
    Monocular visual guide
    Binocular vision guided
    More visual guide

On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Vision Guided Robotics for each application, including
    Electronics
    Automobile
    Machinery
    Military industry
    Medicine fields

To get a free professional report sample, please email to tinaning@qyresearch.com or Browse our detailed product page: https://www.qyresearcheurope.com/goods-698571.html

Table of contents:

1 Vision Guided Robotics Market Overview

2 Global Vision Guided Robotics Competition by Players/Suppliers, Type and Application

3 United States Vision Guided Robotics (Volume, Value and Sales Price)

4 China Vision Guided Robotics (Volume, Value and Sales Price)

5 Europe Vision Guided Robotics (Volume, Value and Sales Price)

6 Japan Vision Guided Robotics (Volume, Value and Sales Price)

7 Korea Vision Guided Robotics (Volume, Value and Sales Price)

8 Taiwan Vision Guided Robotics (Volume, Value and Sales Price)

9 Global Vision Guided Robotics Players/Suppliers Profiles and Sales Data

10 Vision Guided Robotics Maufacturing Cost Analysis

11 Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers

12 Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders

13 Market Effect Factors Analysis

14 Global Vision Guided Robotics Market Forecast (2017-2022)

15 Research Findings and Conclusion

16 Appendix

List of Tables and Figures
    Figure Product Picture of Vision Guided Robotics
    Figure Global Vision Guided Robotics Sales Volume Comparison (Units) by Type (2012-2022)
    Figure Global Vision Guided Robotics Sales Volume Market Share by Type (Product Category) in 2016
    Figure Monocular visual guide Product Picture
    Figure Binocular vision guided Product Picture
    Figure More visual guide Product Picture
    Figure Global Vision Guided Robotics Sales Comparison (Units) by Application (2012-2022)
    Figure Global Sales Market Share of Vision Guided Robotics by Application in 2016
    Figure Electronics Examples
    Table Key Downstream Customer in Electronics
    Figure Automobile Examples
    Table Key Downstream Customer in Automobile
    Figure Machinery Examples
    Table Key Downstream Customer in Machinery
    Figure Military industry Examples
    Table Key Downstream Customer in Military industry

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Europe Vision Guided Robotics Sales Market Report 2017

China Vision Guided Robotics Sales Market Report 2017

USA Vision Guided Robotics Sales Market Report 2017

Korea Vision Guided Robotics Sales Market Report 2017

Japan Vision Guided Robotics Sales Market Report 2017

India Vision Guided Robotics Sales Market Report 2017

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review 2017-02-03 05:16
Wizards, magical tattoos and a ginger haired cyborg? Oh my!
The Cyborg He Brought Home - A.M. Hawke
  2.5 HEARTS--Wizards, magical tattoos and a ginger haired cyborg can be found in A.M. Hawke's The Cyborg He Brought Home. The title literally tells the plot of the sci-fi/fantasy mashup.




Jake is a mage, or wizard, the details are a little fuzzy. What isn't fuzzy is he lives in a settlement of wizards called Greentree where there are magic trees and magic tattoos all over folk. Technology isn't revered as magic. While drinking in the local wizard bar, in walks a cyborg. Which sounds like the start of possibly an awesome story but that's pretty much all there is.

We learn the cyborg's name is Cory. He's from a moon colony and on an information seeking trip on wizard colonies. There is instant dislike from most of the magical practicing folk except from Jake.

Jake is fascinated by the mechanical eyes, copper wire hair and Cory's fascination with the simplest magic. The story plot wise? Doesn't offer much. It's about 10K and I'm reviewing an uncorrected, unedited ARC. The entire thing read closer to an outline - there were two scenes: initial meeting and then going home to have sex. The lack of chemistry was an issue for me. I couldn't buy it between Cory and Jake, which hung like a grey cloud for the rest of this very short story.

The world created was an interesting idea. I like that tattoos were conduits of magic. The Nature vs. Machines idea, if developed, could have been something. If the entire story was more developed, it could have been magical. It was more of cool ideas and concepts (wizards in nature, cyborgs living on the moon, MAGIC TATTOOS!) and meh a sex scene. *shrugs*

I will say Cory was the stronger developed character of the pair. I'd have enjoyed reading more back story on him. There were inklings of story possibilities when he spoke briefly on moon life. I believe this was my first trans cyborg I've ever read. It was Jake's first trans partner, so he asked a lot of questions. Cory was cool with them.


"Right, but I mean--you're already half metal. You could look like whatever you want."
"That's true, I could."
"So why keep a scar?"
"Because they're mine, Jake. They remind me of where I've been and what it took to get to where I am now."

The story ends with a possible HFN. It's a first time hook up, so who knows what the future holds for Jake and Cory?

Overall, interesting concepts, but the execution is underdeveloped. If this is ever re-edited or re-released in the future, I'll take a peek.



A copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review.

 

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