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Booting Up Baby

Evelyn Fox Keller

in Genesis Redux

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780226720807
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226720838 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226720838.003.0016
Booting Up Baby

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This chapter examines the implications of a generation of robots whose builders, including Rodney Brooks, Cynthia Breazeal, and Brian Scassellati, have made the reactions their robots elicit from human viewers their paramount consideration. Cog might be able to develop a theory of mind. Kismet has engaged the interest and “motivational system” of a human other, one who is intent on attributing to it human qualities and is eager to instruct. Leonardo is a robot that builds on Kismet. In general, machines that mimic the processes of human development and learning are offered. It is suggested that, relative to the recent efforts of Brooks and his colleagues, Frank Rosenblatt was hampered by at least three deficits. The incentive to find alternatives to the intensive human care that is now required could hardly be more glaring.

Keywords: robots; Rodney Brooks; Cynthia Breazeal; Brian Scassellati; cog; human development; learning

Chapter.  4946 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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