Welcome to the high frontier of cognition and computation!
You are about to dig into a uniquely interesting and important book. This is not a highly technical or abstruse guide to this often complex and difficult-to-understand subject. Rather, the book provides short, clear definitions and interpretations of the major concepts and rapidly emerging ideas in this dynamic field. The work includes numerous functional illustrations that help the general reader “see” the abstract robotics notions presented. I envision this book as an important introductory overview for the general interested reader and artificial intelligence (AI) hobbyist, and as a valuable backup and refresher for professional workers in the area. Because this book is all about terms, let me frame the effort by saying that it addresses two major, universal needs: cognition and computation.
Cognition (kog-NISH-un) is literally “the act of knowing or awareness.” As you refer to definitions in this book, you should steadily gain knowledge and awareness of the robotics/AI topics presented. Most interestingly, it is your own central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), functionally connected to your eyes, that is allowing your natural intelligence (NI) to study this material and build a relevant cognition (mental awareness) of key robotics concepts. A thorough cognition and comprehension of robotics/AI terminology and concepts is becoming absolutely critical to all intelligent lay people worldwide.