Robots That Kill

Deadly Machines and Their Precursors in Myth, Folklore, Literature, Popular Culture and Reality

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About the Book

This book describes the technologies that enable real-world robots and drones to be effective killers, including an overview of how artificial intelligence and nanotechnology relate to the topic. It also examines social controversies swirling around the design and use of killer robots, such as whether fully-autonomous, robotic weapons should be banned. Although robots are a modern invention, examples of robot precursors date back to ancient times. This book identifies and examines the monsters, artificial beings, and fictional machines that are precursors of real 21st century killer robots and drones. Examples of precursors include the golem, Frankenstein’s monster, and the ethical robots of Isaac Asimov.

About the Author(s)

Judith A. Markowitz has run a Chicago consulting firm for forty years. She has published well over one hundred articles and book chapters, numerous technical reports, and six books.

Bibliographic Details

Judith A. Markowitz

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6813-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3639-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Judith A. Markowitz is a very knowledgeable and entertaining writer. She makes it easy for non-technical people to understand technology of the future and enables all of us to think more clearly about how that future will affect our lives.”—James A. Larson, Ph.D., Program Chair, Speech Technology Conference
  • “Dr. Markowitz presented to a large group of students at my school. Her presentation was thoughtful, engaging and interactive; the students thoroughly enjoyed it.”—Jennifer Smith, director, EF International Campus, Chicago
  • “Distinguished scholar, entrepreneur, technology pioneer—Judith Markowitz brings a world of experience, credibility, intelligence, and sheer talent to whatever she undertakes. Our world of literature is richer for her presence.”—Katherine V. Forrest, author of the award-winning Kate Delafield series.