Machinery of the Mind

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Crown/Archetype, Nov 16, 2011 - Computers - 336 pages
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Machinery of Mind is a full-scale, indispensable examination of the history, content, politics, and philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. In detail, consecutively but with a keen awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of the field, Johnson traces the history of the burgeoning science from its earliest practitioners to corporation-funded engineers and experts: Roger Schank, Terry Winograd, Doug Lenat and others who are struggling to create machines that can actually think independently, going beyond man-made programs and "games." Johnson presents the counterarguments of some theorists that intelligence is less than soul and that the "new science" moves arrogantly into dangerous territory. Necessarily inconclusive, this fascinating study is clear, comprehensive, richly detailed, and endlessly provocative.

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Machinery of the mind: inside the new science of artificial intelligence

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PROLOGUEBreaking a Thoughtinto Pieces
CHAPTER1TheStateof theArt
CHAPTER2ThinkingWithouta Brain
CHAPTER3ASymphonyin1s and 0s
CHAPTER4The ArtofProgramming
CHAPTER12TheScientistsand theEngineers

CHAPTER8LearningAboutthe World

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George Johnson writes regularly about science for the New York Times. He has also written for National GeographicSlateDiscoverScientific AmericanWired, and the Atlantic, and his work has been included in The Best American Science Writing. A former Alicia Patterson fellow, he has received awards from PEN and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his books were twice finalists for the Royal Society’s book prize. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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