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In Search of the Human Element

In Search of the Human Element

Max Aguilera-Hellweg's new book, Humanoid, is all about robots.

And the themes: what is our connection to them, as humans?  Where are we headed, with robots?  And, what does it mean to be human, anyway?

In Humanoid, Max, who is a physician as well as an award-winning National Geographic photojournalist and filmmaker, incorporates his expertise and a sense of wonder.  He explores not only different types of robots from all over the world, but the ways we interact with them.   You'll find robots designed for defense, health research, and sometimes purely for fun--as is the case with Robocup, whose stated goal is to have a fully-humanoid robotic soccer team win the World Cup by 2050!

(While not currently practicing medicine, Max earned his M.D. in 2004--after becoming fascinated with human anatomy during a series of photo shoots.   He was struck, he says, by the beauty of human anatomy--and you'll see a parallel to his scientific and forensic photographs in the way he's documented his