Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design

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Intellect Books, 1986 - Computers - 207 pages
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Understanding Computers and Cognition presents an important and controversial new approach to understanding what computers do and how their functioning is related to human language, thought, and action. While it is a book about computers, Understanding Computers and Cognition goes beyond the specific issues of what computers can or can't do. It is a broad-ranging discussion exploring the background of understanding in which the discourse about computers and technology takes place. Understanding Computers and Cognition is written for a wide audience, not just those professionals involved in computer design or artificial intelligence. It represents an important contribution to the ongoing discussion about what it means to be a machine, and what it means to be human.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The rationalistic tradition
14
Understanding and Being
27
Cognition as a biological phenomenon
38
Language listening and commitment
54
Towards a new orientation
70
Computers and representation
83
Computation and intelligence
93
Understanding language
107
Current directions in artificial intelligence
125
Management and conversation
143
A direction for design
163
Bibliography
181
Name Index
191
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Terry Winograd is professor of computer science at Stanford University where he has developed an innovative program in software design. Winograd completed much of his work on this book at Interval Research Corporation, where he is a regular consultant. He is a member of the advisory board of the Association for Software Design, the editorial board of Human-Computer Interaction, and the national board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
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