Robots are everywhere: they hoover dust from our floors, operate patients, inspect pipelines, perform search and rescue work after natural disasters, drive us around and keep us company. Sooner or later everybody will cooperate with robots, as a colleague at work and as a friend at home.
In order to cooperate smoothly with these intelligent machines it is necessary to know how robots work, what they are good at and what they are not good. Can robots have emotions? Can we talk with robots just like with humans? How should robots behave towards humans and the other way around? How far have robots come and what does this promise for the future?
All these questions are answered in the popular science book ‘Hallo robot − De machine als medemens’ (in Dutch), written by science journalists Bennie Mols and Nieske Vergunst and published on November 7. In the book the reader meets both real robots and science-fiction robots, but also the people behind the robots: scientists and engineers who design and build robots, psychologist who study the interaction between humans and robots, economists who study the influence of robots on the job market, but also ordinary people who build their own robot at home.
From Delft University of Technology (TUD) Martijn Wisse, Guido de Croon and Herman van der Kooij were interviewed for the book. And the Delfly, the world lightest autonomously flying drone − built at the TUD − reached a place in the personal Robot Hall of Fame of the authors, which is available online at hallorobot.nl
Hallo robot is written for a general audience (age 15+) and richly illustrated. First author Bennie Mols previously published with some other colleagues the books ‘Robotics for Future Presidents’ (2016) and the ebook ‘Living with robots’ (2016), both of them partly made possible by RoboValley.
Bennie Mols and Nieske Vergunst. Hallo robot − De machine als medemens. Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam. 288 pag. € 19,99 (paperback)/€ 11,99 (e-book).