Robotics: A Reference Guide to the New Technology

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Libraries Unlimited, 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 417 pages
Although advanced technologies are the cornerstone of modern life, few people understand how such technologies as robotics or nuclear science actually work. Fewer still realize how--and how dramatically--technology influences our society and culture. Robotics is a reference guide that provides nonspecialists with the most up-to-date information on seminal developments in the technology of robotics, as well as covering the social, political, and technical impacts of those developments on everyday life, both now and in the future. Included in Robotics are chapters on: BL Profiles of Robot Technology Pioneers, Visionaries, and Advocates. BLHow robot technology works. BLImpact of Robotics on broader society. BL Controversial issues involving robotic technology. BL The future of robotic technology. The volume includes a chronology of the technology, a glossary, organizations involved in robotics, and a thorough list of sources for further research.
 

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Contents

1 History of Robot Technology and Systems
1
2 Chronology of Robot Technology
27
Pioneers Visionaries and Advocates
53
4 How Robot Technology Works
106
5 Impact
160
6 Issues
196
7 The Future of Robot Technology
234
8 Glossary of Terms Used in Robot Technology
258
9 Associations
328
10 Demonstration Sites
367
11 Sources of Information
397
Index
405
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Joseph A. Angelo, Jr., a retired U.S. Air Force officer (lieutenant colonel), is currently a consulting futurist and technical writer. He has a PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona and served as a nuclear research officer in the U.S. Air Force (1967-1987) in a variety of scientific positions involving nuclear weapons development and nuclear treaty monitoring. He is also an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering at Florida Tech, specializing in nuclear radiation protection and waste management. Dr. Angelo is the author of 15 other technical books, including Space Technology and Nuclear Technology.

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