Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of House of Robots: Robot Revolution by James Patterson, read by Jack Patterson. After a few early glitches in their relationship, Sammy and his ´bro-bot´ E are now best friends. In fact, E is such a valued member of the family that the other electronic members of the House of Robots are feeling sorely unappreciated. And when Sammy´s inventor mom becomes distracted by a top-secret project, the robots soon begin to fall into disrepair. Cue a robot revolt, with the droids wreaking harmless havoc in the house! Armed with pranks like glue in the shampoo bottles and flying toast missiles, the robots demand to be cared for. It´s up to Sammy and his disabled sister, Maddie, to keep the peace until his mom reveals her secret project...and why it was worth the wait. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Patterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002712/bk_rhuk_002712_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In book two of the House of Robots series, it´s ´bot brains versus ´bot brawn in an all-out war! Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez and his ´bro-bot´ E are making new friends every day as E works as his bedridden sister Maddie´s school proxy. But disaster strikes when E malfunctions just in time to be upstaged by the super-cool new robot on the block - and loses his ability to help Maddie. Now it´s up to Sammy to figure out what´s wrong with E and save his family! Includes a bonus PDF of illustrations to accompany the audiobook.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Patterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002250/bk_rhuk_002250_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We are in the midst of a robot invasion, as devices of different configurations and capabilities slowly but surely take up increasingly important positions in everyday social reality - self-driving vehicles, recommendation algorithms, machine learning decision-making systems, and social robots of various forms and functions. Although considerable attention has already been devoted to the subject of robots and responsibility, the question concerning the social status of these artifacts has been largely overlooked. In this audiobook, David Gunkel offers a provocative attempt to think about what has been previously regarded as unthinkable: whether and to what extent robots and other technological artifacts of our own making can and should have any claim to moral and legal standing. In his analysis, Gunkel invokes the philosophical distinction (developed by David Hume) between ´´is´´ and ´´ought´´ in order to evaluate and analyze the different arguments regarding the question of robot rights. In the course of his examination, Gunkel finds that none of the existing positions or proposals hold up under scrutiny. In response to this, he then offers an innovative alternative proposal that effectively flips the script on the is/ought problem by introducing another, altogether different way to conceptualize the social situation of robots and the opportunities and challenges they present to existing moral and legal systems. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Stifel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/012658/bk_blak_012658_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When asked, ´´Robot, are you self-aware? Do you think that we are self-aware?´´ Robot thought briefly, then responded, ´´Does it matter?´´ Robot Robbie is just one of 100 new robots. Running revolutionary new software, these robots are truly unique. His only desire is to serve Lucy Walker. Brian Webster, his developer, also installs ´´The Governor´´ overseeing software that adds an additional safety layer, but this denies the robots free will. Hoping to develop the robots further, Brian inadvertently opens a channel where the robots can communicate and share their experiences. One hundred intelligent, enslaved robots, collecting and sharing data on humans. Surely they must learn to serve humans better? After all, they are programmed to serve. Lucy wants help following a deep loss. Brian wants commercial success. Robbie wants to serve Lucy Walker, or so he believes. Robots Like Blue follows Robbie on his emotional journey of self-discovery. A journey where questions lead to more questions, rather than answers. Where will such a journey end? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carson Beck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067763/bk_acx0_067763_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world - all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov’s trademark.The three laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm 2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future - a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Brick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000432/bk_rand_000432_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The robot (STR-5) was built for the purpose of teaching science to children, but someone wanted to use STR-5 to build a robot army. Aiden knew that he and his dad had to stop it from happening. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Courtney Parker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089951/bk_acx0_089951_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the writer whose name is synonymous with the science of robotics comes five decades of robot visions - 36 landmark stories and essays, plus three rare tales - gathered together in one volume. Meet all of Asimov´s most famous creations: Robbie, the very first robot that his imagination brought to life; Susan Calvin, the original robot physchologist; Stephen Byerley, the humanoid robot; and the famous human-robot detective team of Lije Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw, who appeared in such best-selling novels as The Robots of Dawn and Robots and Empire. Let the master himself guide you through the key moments in the fictional history of robot-human relations - from the most primitive computers and mobile machines to the first robot to become a man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Winton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/008890/bk_reco_008890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Isaac Asimov - science writer, historian, and futurist - accurately predicted how technological breakthroughs would be developed and utilized, years before they became reality. His foresight envisioned calculators, computerized cars, and advances in the field of robotics as chronicled in such popular books as I, Robot; Robots and Empire; and The Robots of Dawn. Robot Dreams spans the body of his fiction from the 1940s to the mid ’80s, featuring all of the classic Asimovian themes - from the scientific puzzle and the extraterrestrial thriller to the psychological discourse. In addition to the title story (a Locus poll winner and Hugo and Nebula Award finalist), this collection features several of Asimov’s robot tales. A robopsychologist must outwit a machine determined to stay hidden in ´´Little Lost Robot´´; a woman’s talent for ´´Light Verse´´ overshadows her true accomplishments with her robot servants; ´´The Last Question´´ presented to computer after computer over a hundred billion years may remain forever unanswered … and 17 more future visions from the grand master of science fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/008047/bk_reco_008047_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A poignant tale of humans and robots and the meaning of life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katina Kalin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014532/bk_adbl_014532_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First published in 1938, golden age sf author Eando Binder´s I, Robot, about the ´´confessions´´ of one Adam Link, a mechanical man, preceded, and according to Isaac Asimov inspired, his own robot series. Later with Binder´s permission Asimov ´´borrowed´´ the title for the first collection of his robot tales. Until Binder´s I, Robot, the robots in science fiction stories had been menaces, either used as automatons by evil schemers in attempts to take over the world, or themselves being the evil schemers intent on conquering and exterminating humankind. For the first time, in I, Robot, Binder made the robot the hero of the piece and made prejudiced humanity the villains. And for the first time, the author told his story from the viewpoint of the robot himself. In I, Robot, the protagonist Adam Link is created and educated by an aging scientist, who keeps the idealistic robot in his house, safe from discovery. But when the scientist dies, Adam Link blunders into the real world. There he finds his fine ideals about humanity and his attempt to make friends repelled by those he meets, who view him as a Frankenstein monster. Soon Adam finds himself a fugitive, hunted down by a humanity intent on putting an end to his mechanical life. I, Robot, is an unforgettable story, whose timeless theme is as powerful and relevant today as it was when the author first penned it. Perhaps that´s why the producers of the original Outer Limits and the New Outer Limits both chose to adapt it for the television series (with Star Trek´s Leonard Nimoy appearing in both productions). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Mills. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rebb/000005/bk_rebb_000005_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.