Reviews for Our Robots, Ourselves

“A careful, measured extrapolation of contemporary technological trends.”—Booklist

“Robots are no longer in a science fiction horizon. We’re confronted with a world of drones and the threat of automated war; physicist Steven Hawking warns that ‘the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.’ David Mindell’s essential book takes another view; it is required reading as we seriously engage one of the most important debates of our time.”— Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

“Mindell’s ingenious and profoundly original book will enlighten those who prophesy that robots will soon make us redundant, and challenges us all to think more precisely and creatively about how machines can augment human potential.”— David Autor, Professor of Economics, MIT

“Authoritative… [Mindell] leaves us with a better understanding of what lies ahead for our daily lives.” — Kirkus

“A lucid, hype-free exploration of how robotic automation really works—in concert with human design, intention, and action.”— Ian Bogost, Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing Professor, Scheller School of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

“My thanks to the author for bringing scholarship and sanity to a debate which has run off into a magic la-la land in the popular press.”— Rodney Brooks, founder Rethink Robotics and iRobot

“A must read for those who aspire to be effective contributors to the robotics of our future.”— David R. Scott, Commander, Apollo 15

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