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Robots. The mere word conjures up a bevy of mind-bending images pulled straight from popular science-fiction tales. But robots aren’t just the stuff of entertainment. They’re real. They’re everywhere around you. And they’re transforming your life in ways you can’t imagine. In short, the future of human civilization depends on collaborative robotics: humans and machines working together.

According to robotics expert and award-winning professor John Long of Vassar College, “Robots are what computers and self-propelled vehicles were to the 20th century: a technological revolution that impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, businesses, and security.” Yet for all their seen (and unseen) prevalence, robotics remains mysterious to most of us. How exactly do robots work? What does it take to build a robot that can, for a period of time, perform tasks and make decisions with little human input? What are the most revolutionary robots at work today? How do we balance the technological benefits of robots with the potential risks they pose to pre-existing ways of life?

To answer these and other questions is to take an in-depth journey into an exciting world; a journey Professor Long and The Great Courses present in the 24 incredible lectures of Robotics. Professor Long demystifies the world of robots and provides a comprehensive introduction to these intelligent machines. Whether you’re looking to grasp the hard science of how robots work or simply curious about the implications of robots for society, consider this course your official passport to an astonishing new world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC
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Pointless as an audio book

The entire book is the audio of a video/live lecture of the professor demonstrating robots and the internal components of those robots and how they all work together. The audio is essentially worthless without the video.

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Really needs the Video

It''s an interesting concept and it has given me ideas for my very basic classes on coding robots to dance where I work. It plays in the background while I'm reading my email. It would have been better if the video was included or this was on iTunesU. For free.

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Don't buy - This is the audio from a video

He is constantly saying "as you can see"... it is an audio course... we see nothing. This is useless. Don't make my mistake and think this will be fine, it wasn't. Really wish I could get my audible credit back.

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This is just audio stripped from a video.

This is just audio stripped from a video. The presenter repeatedly references visual examples that we can't see.

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Not meant for audiobook IMO

would have beem better if I saw the visual lecture for the demonstrations given in this series

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Cannot see anything he is doing

Does not make sense to listen. The service is waste of subscription money. Don’t buy.

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scary basic. like how electricity works!

if you know anything about electricity and motors this is stupid basic. don't water y your money

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Video Required

The lectures sound fascinating, but the professor is CONSTANTLY making reference to videos he is displaying and hands-on demonstrations he is performing. The lack of those essential visual cues leave this audio only presentation terribly confusing and frustrating. :(

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Not worth it without video.

This course requires the videos to be worthwhile. There is just not enough to justify listening only.

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Not an audio book

This is the audio from a video course. The professor is demonstrating robots and robot parts. I wouldn’t recommend this title.

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  • 12-18-18

Not an audiobook

I really like the great courses series and was excited about this course.

However, these lectures make little sense as an audiobook. The lecturer demonstrates and introduces different robots, takes them apart and shows how they function in practice. You can't see them, of course, so you're left with the audio feed of what's obviously a video.

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  • 05-07-19

this is not suitable for an audio book

the first two chapters where show and tell stuff which as I was diving and is an audio book don't have access too.