The Mechanical Mind in History

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März 2008



Scientists, artists, historians, and philosophers trace the evolution of the idea of intelligent machines, reflecting on the multidisciplinary quest to explain mind scientifically as a wholly mechanical process.


Phil Husbands is Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex. Owen Holland is Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Essex. Michael Wheeler is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Reconstructing the Cognitive World: The Next Step (MIT Press, 2005).


"All in all, I think this is a quite interesting book on (the anglo-saxon history of) cybernetics and AI. As a non-expert in this field, I learned many things, and I am happy to have read it." Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines "The contributions are interdisciplinary, containing discussions relating to, among other topics, history, biology, the arts, politics, computing and philosophy. It readily becomes apparent that opinions in some areas are very much divided. Progress in AI has certainly not been made at the rates predicted by Minsky. Indeed, it is suggested that perhaps no progress has been made at all, save in the wrong direction. Further, many of the questions that were posed 60 years ago are still pertinent and unanswered today. The fourteen articles are supplemented with transcripts of interviews with five highly influential figures in fields related to machine intelligence. Together these contributions paint a vivid picture not only of cybernetic and AI research in particular, but more generally, of researchers and research communities at work. I found [ The Mechanical Mind in History] thought-provoking and hard to put down." British Computer Society
EAN: 9780262083775
ISBN: 0262083779
Untertitel: 'Bradford Books'. 37 b&w illus. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: MIT Press Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2008
Seitenanzahl: 472 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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