Principles of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

Salem. 2nd ed. Nov. 2023. 400p. ed. by Richard M. Renneboog. ISBN 9781637008683. $165. REF
Independent scholar Renneboog (Principles of Modern Agriculture) provides a good starting reference point and fine general overview on the basic and advanced theories of the increasingly impactful AI and robotics. He thoroughly updates the 2018 edition with significantly more content and a cogent analysis about recent developments in the field. With a down-to-earth approach and tone, the book presents the most essential aspects of AI and robotics, from its basic principles of robotic motion and engineering to more exoteric and modern concepts, such as neuroengineering and human-computer interaction. Each of the 120+ alphabetically arranged entries contains cross-references to related fields, an abstract, key concept summaries, and a list of further reading. Complex computer programming, mathematical theories, and scientific terms are defined and explained in ways that are understandable, even to nonspecialists. Among the fascinating entries are texts about smartphones, robotics in cinema, and video game programming. This work is as timely as possible with its offering of insights into not only how AI and robotics developed but also the ways they affect daily living now and in the future.
VERDICT An accomplished introduction for all readers that provides a good foundation on the beginnings, development, and future trends of AI and robotics.
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