What Computers Still Can't Do: A Critique of Artificial Reason

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MIT Press, 1992 - Computers - 354 pages
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When it was first published in 1972, Hubert Dreyfus's manifesto on the inherentinability of disembodied machines to mimic higher mental functions caused an uproar in theartificial intelligence community. The world has changed since then. Today it is clear that "goodold-fashioned AI," based on the idea of using symbolic representations to produce generalintelligence, is in decline (although several believers still pursue its pot of gold), and the focusof the Al community has shifted to more complex models of the mind. It has also become more commonfor AI researchers to seek out and study philosophy. For this edition of his now classic book,Dreyfus has added a lengthy new introduction outlining these changes and assessing the paradigms ofconnectionism and neural networks that have transformed the field.At a time when researchers wereproposing grand plans for general problem solvers and automatic translation machines, Dreyfuspredicted that they would fail because their conception of mental functioning was naive, and hesuggested that they would do well to acquaint themselves with modern philosophical approaches tohuman beings. What Computers Can't Do was widely attacked but quietly studied. Dreyfus's argumentsare still provocative and focus our attention once again on what it is that makes human beingsunique.Hubert L. Dreyfus, who is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley,is also the author of Being-in-the-World. A Commentary on Heidegger's Being and Time, DivisionI.

  

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What Computers Still Can't Do (1992) is an evolution of Hubert Dreyfus's original work, What Computers Can't Do (1972). Today, the ideas coming out of GOFAI research (Good Old Fashion Artificial ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction to the MIT Press Edition
ix
Acknowledgments
liii
Introduction
67
Ten Years of Research in Artificial
89
Simulation
91
Phase II 19621967 Semantic Information Processing
130
Conclusion
149
Introduction
155
The Ontological Assumption
206
Conclusion
225
Introduction
231
Orderly Behavior Without Recourse
256
The Situation as a Function of Human Needs
272
Conclusion
281
Notes
307
Index
346

The Psychological Assumption
163
The Epistemological Assumption
189

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Hubert L. Dreyfus is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California atBerkeley.

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