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Write: PRZEMYSŁAW ŚLESZYŃSKI, HANNA BOGUCKA, MAŁGORZATA KOSSOWSKA, BOŻENA KAMIŃSKA-KACZMAREK, JERZY JARZĘBSKI, PIOTR TRYJANOWSKI, PATRYCJA K. KWIATKOWSKA, MATEUSZ BANASZKIEWICZ, ZBIGNIEW NAWRAT, MACIEJ MARYL, AGNIESZKA KLOCH, KRZYSZTOF WALAS, MAGDALENA JASIŃSKA, ANDRZEJ TRAUTMAN, PIOTR HOMOLA, WOJCIECH FENDLER, DARIUSZ JEMIELNIAK, WŁODZIMIERZ ZAWADZKI

 

From the Editors

Back in the 1990s, automation first appeared in Polish certain households in the form of a Japanese dog named Aibo. The little robot was like a real pooch: it barked, dozed, peed, even fell sick. A very good solution for a child, parents concluded. The educational benefits remained – it needed to be given food and water, petted and entertained – but not to be regularly walked. It was just a toy, which like other such objects would one day end up sitting in a corner, and so it did not trigger a cultural and technological revolution. Such a revolution nevertheless came soon thereafter when extraordinary, intriguing and mysterious devices, called personal computers, turned up in some Polish households. When friends brought such a PC back from more advanced countries, they would organize a party to showcase their new prize.

 

It was curiously awe-inspiring and underwhelming at the same time. For us, bought up on Stanisław Lem’s “Star Diaries” and George Lucas’s “Star Wars,” automation had always seemed to involve gigantic machines, humanoid robots, and spaceships chock full of complicated devices that took unimaginable sums of government money to create. But here, on our desk, stood just a screen and keyboard, connected by cables to a smallish box.

 

Today automation is truly at arm’s reach for everyone – never farther away than our smartphone – but who knows whether it might now be even more mysterious. We know that there are robots and applications out there to solve any problem. We understand that they are very person-like and are indeed replacing people everywhere: in production, services, banking, logistics. They are soon meant to appear in such fields as child-rearing and caring for the elderly.

 

Obviously, an issue of Academia magazine can only showcase a mere fraction of the possibilities that automation technologies are ushering in. And given how inventive scientists and R&D engineers are, we will probably have to revisit the topic again and again in the near future.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Table of Contents:

PRZEMYSŁAW ŚLESZYŃSKI
Geography Poland’s Shrinking Midsize | download

HANNA BOGUCKA
I Just Need a Microphone | download

MAŁGORZATA KOSSOWSKA
Bringing an End to Unkindness | download

BOŻENA KAMIŃSKA-KACZMAREK
Dedication Brings Success | download

JERZY JARZĘBSKI
Literature Lem’s Vision | download

PIOTR TRYJANOWSKI, PATRYCJA K. KWIATKOWSKA
Parasitology Malicious Little Manipulators | download

MATEUSZ BANASZKIEWICZ
Psychology Pay Attention to Awareness | download

ZBIGNIEW NAWRAT
Cardiac Surgery Life-giving Robots | download

MACIEJ MARYL
Literary Studies Reading the Unwritten | download

AGNIESZKA KLOCH
Biology So Much Knowledge, So Little | download

KRZYSZTOF WALAS
Robotics A Delicate Touch | download

MAGDALENA JASIŃSKA
Engineering Can Mixing Be Smart? | download

ANDRZEJ TRAUTMAN
Predicting Gravitational Waves | download

PIOTR HOMOLA
Physics Tales of a Particle Hunter | download

WOJCIECH FENDLER, DARIUSZ JEMIELNIAK
Comment I Search, Therefore I Know Not | download

IN THE LENS:
Six Nuclear Women | download

WŁODZIMIERZ ZAWADZKI
Ripples in Spacetime | download

 

 

 

 

 

 

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