Generation Robot A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation By Terri Favro
Generation Robot covers a century of science fiction, fact and, speculation—from the 1950 publication of Isaac Asimov’s seminal robot masterpiece, I, Robot, to the 2050 Singularity when artificial and human intelligence are predicted to merge. Beginning with a childhood informed by pop-culture robots in movies, in comic books, and on TV in the 1960s to adulthood where the possibilities of self-driving cars and virtual reality are daily conversation, Terri Favro offers a unique perspective on how our relationship with robotics and futuristic technologies has shifted over time. Peppered with pop-culture fun-facts about Superman’s kryptonite, the human-machine relationships in the cult TV show Firefly, and the sexual and moral implications of the film Ex Machina, Generation Robot explores how the techno-triumphs and resulting anxieties of reality bleed into the fantasies of our collective culture.

Clever and accessible, Generation Robot isn’t just for the serious, scientific reader—it’s for everyone interested in robotics and technology since their science-fiction origins. By looking back at the future she once imagined, analyzing the plugged-in present, and speculating on what is on the horizon, Terri Favro allows readers the chance to consider what was, what is, and what could be. This is a captivating book that looks at the pop-culture of our society to explain how the world works—now and tomorrow.

TitleGeneration Robot
SubtitleA Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation
AuthorBy Terri Favro
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published6 February 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Terri Favro, winner of the CBC Creative Non-fiction Prize for her essay “Icarus,” is the author of the novels Sputnik’s Children, Once Upon A Time In West Toronto, and The Proxy Bride, and the co-creator of a series of comic books published by Grey Borders Books. She has written marketing copy for IBM, Apple, Blackberry and LEGO, among others. She lives in Toronto.

"Funny, fearless and fascinating, Favro guides us through a century's worth of technologies, tropes and cultural memes, like a peripatetic time traveler sharing favorite moments in time."--Richard Yonck, author of Heart of the Machine

"Terri Favro masterly takes us through a hundred years of society’s relationship with computers and specifically, robots. It’s a wild ride -- from Russian satellites circling overhead during the Cold War, through the age of personal computers and smartphones, to artificial intelligence-based cyber brides professing their eternal love. Terri Favro seamlessly integrates the hyper-pace of technological changes we have all experienced with the impact at a very personal level, affecting our relationships, family life, recreational activities, and careers. Terri Favro has scored a triumph."--Jaime S. Rubin, Ph.D., Vice Chair for Investigator Development, Department of Medicine, Columbia University

"A fascinating, delightful read through the real and imagined story of robots and how people interact with them, through the past, present and future. Favro's reflections on her own interactions with robots, from her father’s home-built inventions to speculations about how robots may assist with her care in twenty years time, bring the science home."--Lorna Gibson, Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

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