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ティモシー・N. ホーニャック , Timothy N. Hornyak
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Japan stands out for its long love affair with humanoid robots, a phenomenon that is creating what will likely be the world's first mass robot culture. While U.S. companies have produced robot vacuum cleaners and war machines, Japan has created warm and fuzzy life-like robot therapy pets. While the U.S. makes movies like "Robocop" and "The Terminator," Japan is responsible for the friendly Mighty Atom, Aibo and Asimo. While the U.S. sponsors robot-on-robot destruction contests, Japan's feature tasks that mimic nonviolent human activities. The Steven Spielberg film, "AI," was a disaster at the world box office-except in Japan, where it was a huge hit. Why is this? What can account for Japan's unique relationship with robots as potential colleagues in life, rather than as potential adversaries? Loving the Machine attempts to answer this fundamental query by looking at Japan's historical connections with robots, its present fascination and leading technologies, and what the future holds. Through in-depth interviews with scientists, researchers, historians, artists, writers and others involved with or influenced by robots today, author Timothy N. Hornyak looks at robots in Japan from the perspectives of culture, psychology and history, as well as technology; and brings understanding to an endlessly evolving subject. From the Edo-period humanoid automatons, through popular animation icons and into the high tech labs of today's researchers into robotic action and intelligence, the author traces a fascinating trail of passion and development.




  • ハードカバー: 160ページ
  • 出版社: 講談社インターナショナル (2006/05)
  • 言語: 英語, 英語, 英語
  • ISBN-10: 4770030126
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770030122
  • 発売日: 2006/05
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 1.9 x 19.4 x 24.8 cm
  • おすすめ度: 5つ星のうち 5.0  レビューをすべて見る (1 件のカスタマーレビュー)
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1 人中、1人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
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5つ星のうち 5.0 I really want a robot! 2006/9/4
By Zack Davisson - (Amazon.com)
All of my life, I have been promised that the age of the robot is just around the corner. It seems like one of those things that is always in the immediate future, and always just out of reach, an eternal carrot that we keep moving towards, always one step ahead. Fifty years ago, they figured we would all be living with robots in our homes by now, doing domestic chores, entertaining us, educating us. Our plastic pal whose fun to be with!

"Loving the Machine" again makes this promise, and again I am inclined to believe it. Author Timothy Hornyak plays show and tell, taking you on a guided tour through robotics from the primitive first attempts to the modern marvels of Asimo and the semi-android Replee Q1expo. They really are stunning, and one can almost feel the fire of creativity and inspiration driving modern robotics research. The scientists are building robots out of passion, out of a real sense of discovery rather than commerce, and that is what always drives technology forward. All of the different fields are coming together, mixing software with hardware, sharing breakthroughs and triumphs that far outnumber failures and disappointments.

Ostensibly, "Loving the Machine" is also about Japan's relationship with the robot, and it is. Japan's culture of robots stretches back into its distant past, with the Karakuri automatons that are still wonders of ancient technology, unable to be replicated today. Whereas Western cultures have Superman, Japan has Mighty Atom, the robot superboy. Whereas the US has GI Joe, Japan has the super robots Gundam and Mazinger Z. Japan has nurtured a deep-seated love for the robot, and the whole country holds its collective breath waiting for the first truly intelligent robot to announce its own birthday. However, in attempting to contrast cultures, this is where the book loses its footing. The author makes much of The Terminator and the Replicants from "Blade Runner", stressing the West's fear of technology out of control, but never mentions R2-D2 and C-3PO from "Star Wars", Rosie the Robot Maid from "The Jetsons" Johnny 5 from the films "Short Circuit," Bender from "Futurama," or Isaac Asimov's heartbreaking hero from "The Bicentennial Man" There is not even a mention of how the fearsome Terminator returns for a second movie, this time as the hero saving a young boy. While not on the same level, the West has also long had a love affair with cute, friendly robots who are friends and companions rather than just functional machines.

I've been let down before, but "Loving the Machine" has given me a boost, returning me to the childhood where, when asked to draw a picture of what I thought life would be like in the year 2000, I drew a happy home complete with robot butler and flying car. The flying car may be out of the question, but there is at least still some hope that I might live to see the first truly intelligent robot announce its own birthday. Frankly, I can't wait.
9 人中、9人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 A fascinating and informative tribute to Japanese popular culture and its love affair with humanoid robots 2006/9/2
By Midwest Book Review - (Amazon.com)
Loving The Machine: The Art And Science Of Japanese Robots is a fascinating and informative tribute to Japanese popular culture and its love affair with humanoid robots ranging from anime's Astro Boy to automatons imagined in speculative fiction to have existed in the Edo period of Japanese history. In stark contrast to American movies portraying robots as ruthless, Terminator-style killing machines, Japanese cinema and television has a tradition of gentler robots that mimic human activities. Full-color photographs on every page illustrate this unique analysis of what Japanese culture celebrates robots, Japan's historical connections to robots, and what modern technology indicates the future holds. Loving The Machine is very highly recommended reading -- especially for modern Japanese culture buffs.
4 人中、4人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 3.0 Beautiful portrait of a fantasy/entertainment subculture 2010/12/29
By Alan Engel - (Amazon.com)
Background for Robotics Tsukuba [...] and CES 2011 booth, Robotics Tech Zone, [...
A better subtitle would be "The Art and Culture of Japanese Robots," for there is little science in this book. Very artfully illustrated, Loving the Machine traces robotics in Japan from 16th century puppets through the comic book robot Mighty Atom to the most recent humanoid and android robots.

Loving the Machine is not about science; it is about a subculture. This subculture is that of the Japanese creators of comic book robots and their hardware descendents. Except when quoting large sales figures for robot pets and the pervasiveness of industrial robots, the author rarely steps outside this subculture. Hornyak wants to pursuade the reader that the Japanese public is far more accepting of robots than is the Western public. This may be true but this book does not succeed in making this case.

The value of this book to this reader is in its description of this fantasy/entertainment subculture. Knowledge of this subculture should make recognition of progress in its surrounding culture more easily recognizable.
4 人中、3人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 4.0 Robots friendly, robots nice 2006/11/10
By Ray. Bod - (Amazon.com)
Do you want to know what's going on in the world of human-like robots? This book will bring you up to the present and it's happening in Japan. It's good light reading with the right balance of photos of robots. Not any kind of depth - just a light entertaining read. Kid's will like it as well as any adult who's interested in cartoon robots and real cutting edge human-like robots.

The book really shows how easily human-like robots are slipping in the psychie of Japan (and eventually the rest of us). Are we really ready for the coming robot world? Doesn't matter. We're all being softened up by these friendly and so nice robots. Nice, nice robots. Step by step with the help of their human inventors and advertisers, they've started their march into human society. I'd suggest watching the movie "I Robot" after you've read the book, or give both as a gift.
5つ星のうち 5.0 From toys to androids... 2010/5/13
By Michael Valdivielso - (Amazon.com)
Robots are a big deal in Japan. They see them, not as a future horror, masters of Earth, but as the answer to all of their problems. Robots to take care of the elderly, to entertain the children, to mix our drinks. Maybe because Japanese culture can see a soul in a tree, or a spirit in a rock, that the thought of moving, talking, walking machines do not cause them to break out the shot guns and bar the doors.
This hardcover book explores the nature of robots and automatons, from the past to the near future, from the point of view of Japan, the individuals, the culture, and, yes, even the anime.
A fun book, not too serious, great for the coffee table with tons of photos.
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