At Home with the Androids
Discovering the Private Life of Next-Gen Robots and their Human Collaborators

"...Robot researchers take pains to distinguish themselves from robot pundits. But there is something so magical about the creation of artificial living creatures - mechanical entities with lifelike behavior - that even the soberest of these inventors wonder about what lies ahead for their creation, and for humankind.

There is no shortage of soothsayers who prognosticate about the shape of millennia to come: Kevin Warwick, Rodney Brooks, Bill Joy, Hans Moravec, and their fellows. Robotics, they all agree, will form the future...."

-- from the introduction by Faith D'Aluisio

Can man mimic organic life-forms with machinery? Take a look...
  Reviews of Robo sapiens
In Robo sapiens, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio have done their bit to satisfy techie cravings by creating a coffee-table book of robots. It’s a stunning achievement.”
-- Harold Thimbleby, New Scientist

“The interviews are interesting, and the range of applications areas is fascinating; from medicine to housecleaning, from game playing to dancing robots, there is something for everyone in this collection.”
-- Hilary Burton, Library Journal

“Menzel’s photographs are as evocative as they are informative, while D’Aluisio’s questions are keen-edged.”
-- Paul DiFilippo, Artbyte

“…a curious peek at the future that will satisfy both the layperson and the engineer alike….Imagine a world in which humans are part robot and robots are part human, where biology and machine have collided to create a nation of cyborgs and machine intelligence has become dominant. This is where science fiction meets the science of robotics…”
-- Janelle Brown,

“Robo sapiens is beautiful, informative and a useful reference…to a fast-changing field of science and engineering.”
-- Paul Preuss, San Jose Mercury News

“It is very difficult to write clearly and simply about such things and still remain faithful to the underlying technology. Menzel and D’Aluisio accomplish this feat.”
-- Vernor Vinge, Scientific American