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Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence Paperback – Feb 1 1990

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Revised ed. edition (Jan. 2 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674576187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674576186
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One would be making a mistake to let Mind Children recede unopened into a guiltless oblivion. It's a tonic book, thought-provoking on every page. And it reminds us that, in our accelerating, headlong era, the future presses so close upon us that those who ignore it inhabit not the present but the past. (Brad Leithauser New Yorker)

A comprehensive and highly readable survey of the state of the art in robotics. (M. Mitchell Waldrop New York Times Book Review)

Moravec, by his own admission, is an intellectual joyrider, and riding his runaway trains of thought is an exhilarating experience...This is an intellectual party that shouldn't be pooped, no matter how much it may disturb the neighbours and encourage over-indulgence. (Brian Woolley Guardian)

[Mind Children] has the accuracy of a college text and the can't-put-it-down appeal of a good novel. Moravec has turned the flights of mind of one of the world's foremost roboticists into hard copy. And he has written a tremendously good book in the process. (Eric Bobinsky Byte)

A dizzying display of intellect and wild imaginings by Moravec, a world-class roboticist who has himself developed clever beasts...Undeniably, Moravec comes across as a highly knowledgeable and creative talent--which is just what the field needs. (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

BHans Moravec, one of the leaders of robotics research, was a founder of the world's largest robotics program, at Carnegie Mellon University. The author of Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence, Moravec lives in Pittsburgh.


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moravec lays out how robots will not become smart and crush us, but how they will be our intellectual heirs, picking up and evolving from where we slowed. oh, the fun robot future he predicts! this book makes you wanna immediately freeze your brain and be awakened in robotworld 70 years from now. terrific book, one of my all time favorites. you too will learn to love the robots...or they will smash you with their cybernetic fists! just kidding. robots are our friends, and moravec explains it all.
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I picked up this book, expecting to learn a little bit about where we're headed with our computers, and the consequences therein. I learned all that--but I got even more than I bargained for. I have to say, the prologue in and of itself blew me away. I had never quite thought of humans as the first step in a bigger evolution. I read this book six months ago, and I haven't been able to get the implications of it out of my head since. If you're looking for the big answers--like "Why are we here?" and "What's the point?"--you may be like me and find more in here than in more traditional spiritual texts.
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This book is very pleasant and easy to read. Yes, the subject is in itself fascinating, but Moravec does manage to make that clear. Whether one is interested in artificial intelligence, bioengineering, or just looking for some thoughts on fun-filled research, this book is a sound place to start. In fact, this book is a great bait for caching curious high school and undergraduate students! I know. I've attracted at least a couple to my research just by letting them borrow my own copy!

(Francisco Sepulveda, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering Dept.
FEEC-UNICAMP, Brazil)
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Moravec writes a good book but I think his ideas are a tad to far out there. He doesn't take into account the possiblility of people not wanting to have their minds transfered to machines. He appears to assume that it is inevitable. I personally agree with his goals but I suspect that the majority of the population would be strongly opposed.
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This is a hard Hitting Strong AI book. It's the the land mark book the drew the line in the sand. If you wont to know what the strong AI position is this is the only book you have to read.
You wont feel special after reading this book... So much for being on the top of the evolutionary ladder
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