REVIEWS & ARTICLES
Lee Gutkind is Guest on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
May 7, 2007 11pm
"An in-depth glimpse into the exciting, if embryonic, developments in one of the world's leading robotics laboratories, where today's robots now play games and get trained to drive vehicles and scout landscapes, and tomorrow's robots will be created."
-LAWRENCE KRAUSS, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Earth & Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and author of The Physics of Star Trek and Hiding in the Mirror.
"An eloquent meditiation on the fragile and increasingly friable line between flesh and metal, dendrites and wires. The book tells the tale of mad scientist and the strangely sane machines they create; in doing so, it illuminates the rarified world of computer science while simultaneously transcending it, or widening it, by bringing to light the essential questions robots raise for us--questions of autonomy, of cognition, of ambition and the toll it takes."
"What emerges in "Almost Human" is a fascinating, frustrating, sad story. The Carnegie- Mellon researchers have big dreams. They work incredibly hard. But the deeper Mr. Gutkind immerses himself in their projects, the more he realizes that they aren't rolling from one triumph to another. Instead, their labs seem cursed by failure."
"Gutkind's reporting captures the individual quirks of the scientists...it gives a solid sense of what's going on in the field."