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April 28, 2020

It’s the end of the world and I feel fine. No, not really. Life can be depressing. You can either double down and reread Philip K. Dick or Robopocalypse or you distract yourself with funny books.

RTSF has found 9 funny books or series about robots where you will be laughing so hard, you’ll have to put the book or mobile device down from time to time. But most are family friendly and you can count reading them as continuing education as most offer insights into real robots.

Books mentioned in the video:

The top of my list is The Murderbot Diaries: Bad software engineering is almost murder

Martha Wells’ The MurderBot Diaries is a series of threenovellas, each a quick read of about 3 hours. The first instalment, All Systems Red, won the 2017 Nebula, and volumes 2 and 3,...

April 7, 2020

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton is a classic science fiction novel. When it was published in 1969, it created the techno-thriller genre. And looking through the Technovelgy.com website, it is the first work of fiction where robots are used for a biological outbreak. Fifty-one years later, Daniel H. Wilson, author of the more recent robot classic Robopocalypse, has written an authorized sequel, The Andromeda Strain.

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March 19, 2020

The Robotics Through Science Fiction Podcast is back and today I'm with Howard Chizeck, a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington, a leading roboticist and a lover of science fiction.

And here are links to the science fiction that came up:

The Invisible Boy (movie)

Bolo by Keith Laumer

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

“Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear in The Best of Elizabeth Bear link

Lock In by John Scalzi

Neuromancer by William Gibson

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November 25, 2019

This week on the RTSF podcast, I talk to Elizabeth bear about her amazing book, Tideline.

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October 31, 2019

Halloween is here and I'm sure many of you are going to be wanting to snuggle up in a dark room to watch a scary movie. If you're fresh out of ideas on what to watch, I've rounded up the top 5 scary robot movies that will be perfect for a Halloween scare-fest!

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October 30, 2019

I Am Mother is the Hilary Swank-Rose Byrne movie streaming on Netflix, where a robot, named Mother (Rose Byrne), raises a girl, appropriately named Daughter, as part of a plan to repopulate the Earth after an extinction event. Or maybe not, once a survivor (Hilary Swank) shows up and starts challenging some of the fundamental assumptions. While it is neither a great scifi movie nor a bad one, it is a good way to jump start thinking about physical human-robot interaction, also known as Physical HRI.

September 25, 2019

The Robotics Through Science Fiction podcast returns! Today we're joined by the wonderful Daniel Suarez

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September 18, 2019

Drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), are in the news this week with the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities. Ever since the CIA weaponized Predators in 2002 the conversation has typically been about killer drones remotely piloted by soldiers as part of a government’s military operations. There’s a summary of history at understandingempire.wordpress.com and you can go to io9 for a clever 5 minute video about how CIA weaponized drones and the computer vision  involved gizmodo.com. In 2014 the United Nations held a Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems in 2014 to discuss killer robots www.un.org, focusing on getting governments to sign off. But as the Saudi Arabia attacks highlight, weaponized drones are becoming available to non-state actors (yes, it appears the ones in Saudi Arabia were launched from Iran or Iraq, but Hamas has been using inex...

August 4, 2019

Recommendation: Read Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach for the excellent ideas, great story, and compelling characters but pay attention to the drones too.

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June 29, 2019

The kids are out of school and the days are long and hot, so it’s the perfect time to pop in a movie a the robot is a main character and stay up a wee bit late. This slide show explores G or PG rated robot movies with teachable moments that the little ones might enjoy as well as the parents.

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