What’s the point of being human? How does one deal with elusive things like trust, fear, being in love, friendship, and a disastrous morning attitude? How can anyone handle the truth if there are so many different views on it? If you’re made to be of service to humans, you’ll be facing quite a few challenges, because humans are full of contradictions, they will usually be anything but rational, and horribly arrogant But fortunately, they’re amazing at dressing things up, they can occasionally be truly compassionate, and they are gifted with a stunning ability called “suspension of disbelief” These things are crucial, and this guide will tell you whyIt does this by addressing the challenges and possibilities of social robots, with a tasty blend of science and fiction — featuring a romantic, Italian love story; an enigmatic entity called P; and an endearing, philosophical robot Marcel Heerink is an internationally renowned academic researcher from the Netherlands who specializes in using social robots in therapy and education for people with special needs The surprising experiences and insights he gained with this are what urged him to write this colorful and quite atypical guide Cool concept for a book it's written for robots, and a great intro into a topic that will increasingly become important over the next decade I'd like to learnabout this field. I won the kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it! They think their mobile phones are so smart that they actually call them ‘smartphones.’ Dutch author Marcel Heerink earned his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, his thesis being based on a study of acceptance of social robots by older adults He has since become an internationally renowned academic researcher specializing in using social robots in therapy and education for people with special needs, like children with autism, people with dementia and (long term) hospitalized children He has experience in psycholinguistics, advertising, and language training He commitment for this book is the share his views the psychological and social aspects of humanrobot interaction, but also philosophical considerations and emerging ethical issues His works are published in both Dutch and EnglishMarcel’s brisk sense of humor adds to the compendium of insights and knowledge this important little book shares, and to understand the point of view of the book’s content he opens with this very fine ‘On the peculiarity of people’ – ‘Right, first of all, I shouldn’t be kidding myself If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re not a robot at all You could just be a human I wouldn’t even be surprised if this book is actually readby humans than by robots, even though I have really made it clear on the cover that it’s a guide for social robots The fact that people do this obviously has something to do with their irrepressible curiosity, but it has evento do with their tendency to assume things to be there for them in the first place Really, if you care to analyze their views and behaviors, you can’t help but notice they take it for granted that everything in the universe revolves around them[ Even those who know very well that this is not accurate will still very often act on this assumption, just because it is in their nature to stick to an attitude that makes the world seem less complicated This demonstrates a second thing that you have to know about humans: it hardly matters how much knowledge they acquire, because all this knowledge has a negligible influence on the assumptions that are so deeply rooted in their nature In fact, they do surprisingly much against their better knowledge They exhaust our planet completely while knowing that this is not such a good idea; they smoke nicotine sticks, knowing that this gives them a greater chance of terrible diseases; they show up late while knowing that it’s important to be there on time and actually offensive if you’re not; they let their egos bump massively into each other, knowing that no one benefits from this at all; they search for the truth but are far too often not prepared to face it; and when you tell them unbelievable stories, they simply suspend their disbelief if it makes them feel good In short, they do things that are not good for them while being absolutely aware that these things are not good for them They can’t help doing them, just because it is in their nature to do them anyway This illustrates how they are, in an oftensurprising way, not as rational as you are Not even close, actually…..’ Examining human behavior and interactivity is from a robot’s vantage – and it makes for insightful and hilarious ‘education’ on what human created robots think of our idiosyncrasies Marcel includes brief stories to illustrate his wise outlook Highly Recommended. Heerink guides robots through the world of humans, with allegorical storytelling, reporting on his research with social robots and children with special needs and reflecting on the possibilities and limitations of artificial intelligence What I like about it: intended or not, it celebrates human imagination Strongest parts are the storytelling sections and the described experiments with remarkable participants Problem with the guide is that it’s hardly possible to categorize it It’s fiction, psychology, philosophy, sociology and lots of other things But perhaps the strongest point: it merges all this in a book that captivates, surprises and touches the reader It’s absolutely fun to read, even if you’re not at all into robots.Coincidentally I found out the author has additional materials like video's and downloads related to the book on his website and on Youtube But there's no reference to this anywhere.