Machinery of the Mind: Inside the New Science of Artificial Intelligence

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Times Books, 1986 - Science - 336 pages
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Discusses current research into artificial intelligence, computer programming, the contributions of Alan Turing, expert systems, Boolean logic, memory structure, and the roots of intelligence

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Johnson has written an extensive treatment of the history, content, politics, and philosophy of the new computer science subdiscipline of Artificial Intelligence (AI). He has captured much of the ... Read full review



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George Johnson was born in 1952, in Fayetteville, Ark. He has worked for newspapers in Albuquerque, N.Mex. and Minneapolis, Minn., and is a science writer for the New York Times. His first book, Architects of Fear: Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia in American Politics (1984), won a special achievement award in nonfiction from the Los Angeles chapter of International PEN. Many of Johnson's other books evidence thoughtful, spiritual examinations of the relation between man and science. Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith and the Search for Order (1995) is about the diversity of ideas in New Mexico. Johnson draws parallels between Los Alamos and the worshipful view of scientific discovery and the high desert, a sacred place for the Tewa Indians and Hermanos Penitentes.

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