As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society\u2014on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health\u2014those who design the machines have a stark choice to make. They can design systems to enhance the quality of human work and life-or they can design systems that replace humans entirely. Both approaches will reshape the modern world. In MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times reporter John Markoff, explores this issue and searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these robots help us . . . or will they replace us?I like to think (andthe sooner the better!)of a cybernetic meadowwhere mammals and computerslive together in mutuallyprogramming harmonylike pure watertouching clear sky.I like to think(right now, please!)of a cybernetic forestfilled with pines and electronicswhere deer stroll peacefullypast computersas if they were flowerswith spinning blossoms.I like to think(it has to be!)of a cybernetic ecologywhere we are free of our laborsand joined back to nature,returned to our mammalbrothers and sisters,and all watched overby machines of loving grace.by\u00a0Richard BrautiganMarkoff, who was the first reporter to describe the World Wide Web, travels across the country, from the brain trusts in Palo Alto and Silicon Valley to the expanding tech corridor between Boston\u2014home of MIT\u2014and New York, the latest incubator for future tech development, and evaluates the present state of the A.I. versus I.A. debate. He goes deep inside the science fiction worlds of Battlestar Galactica, Terminator, and the Jetsons, which are fast becoming a reality, and talks to the insiders\u2014scientists, entrepreneurs, ethicists, hackers and others\u2014who are shaping the future. The result is an incisive and chilling look at our lives today\u2014and what may come tomorrow.Museum CEO John Hollar will moderate a captivating conversation with John Markoff on the evolution of our relationship with robots and the profound changes the future might hold.***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.