Thanks for shopping indie!
Shipping options »
List Price $30.00
Hardcover
In Stock
Order
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots

Author Laura Major, Julie Shah
Publisher Basic Books
Publication Date 2020-10-13
Section New Hardcover - Nonfiction / Technology, Culture & Media
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781541699113

The next generation of robots will be truly social, but can we make sure that they play well in the sandbox?

Most robots are just tools. They do limited sets of tasks subject to constant human control. But a new type of robot is coming. These machines will operate on their own in busy, unpredictable public spaces. They'll ferry deliveries, manage emergency rooms, even grocery shop. Such systems could be truly collaborative, accomplishing tasks we don't do well without our having to stop and direct them.

This makes them social entities, so, as robot designers Laura Major and Julie Shah argue, whether they make our lives better or worse is a matter of whether they know how to behave.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Robots offers a vision for how robots can survive in the real world and how they will change our relationship to technology. From teaching them manners, to robot-proofing public spaces, to planning for their mistakes, this book answers every question you didn't know you needed to ask about the robots on the way.

There are no customer reviews for this item yet.

“Up Late” Shirt Design

Now available as a hoodie! Order deadline is Nov 6th! This fundraiser supports the future of Harvard Book Store.

Learn More »

Pardon the Delay!

We're experiencing an enormous and unprecedented order volume at this time (and we're grateful for that!)—please expect delays on harvard.com orders.

Learn More »

New This Week

Shop this week's new arrivals, updated every Tuesday.

Learn More »