Shakey The Robot

When I was starting out in my career I retained my interest in technology, electronics and so on and one day stumbled upon a truly fascinating book – a book I recommend to people even today because of its in-depth yet readable coverage of AI and robotics – the book is The Thinking Computer – Mind Inside Matter. This book is about AI and LISP and stuff one would expect but its very readable, not overly theoretical – it also has a fascinating chapter about a 1966 robot project setup at Stanford – the robot was named Shakey.

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Robert Tinney

I feel rather fortunate to have developed interests in electronics and computing right at the beginning of the microprocessor era. Today’s generation are entering the technology, software and internet fields at a time when they are well established and the chaos, experimentation, excitement and optimism are somewhat less than they were forty years ago.

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