The age of intelligent machines
What is artificial intelligence? At its essence, it is another way of answering a central question that has been debated by scientists, philosophers, and theologians for thousands of years: How does the human brain - three pounds of ordinary matter - give rise to thought? With this question in mind, inventor and visionary computer scientist Raymond Kurzweil probes the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence, from its earliest philosophical and mathematical roots through today's moving frontier, to tantalizing glimpses of 21st-century machines with superior intelligence and truly prodigious speed and memory. Lavishly illustrated and easily accessible to the nonspecialist, "The Age of Intelligent Machines provides the background needed for a full understanding of the enormous scientific potential represented by intelligent machines and of their equally profound philosophic, economic, and social implications. It examines the history of efforts to understand human intelligence and to emulate it by building devices that seem to act with human capabilities. Running alongside Kurzweil's historical and scientific narrative, are 23 articles examining contemporary issues in artificial intelligence by such luminaries as Daniel Dennett, Sherry Turkle, Douglas Hofstadter, Marvin Minsky, Seymour Papert, Edward Feigenbaum, Allen Newell, and George Gilder. Raymond Kurzweil is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, Kur
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Once while Descartes was traveling by sea, the ship's captain was startled by the
realistic movements of Descartes's mechanical doll Francine and forcibly threw "
her" overboard, believing the automaton to have been a product of the devil.33 ...
We would see all the pumps, pistons, gears and levers working away, and we
would be able to describe their workings completely, in mechanical terms,
thereby completely describing the thought processes of the brain. But that
Sperry-Rand was one of IBM's primary competitors when computers really took
off in the late 1950s.44 The mechanical roots of computation As we have seen,
automatic computation did not start with the electronic computer. The architecture
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This is a good introduction to AI for the layman. I read it in high school and this book got me into computer science. It can be a little hard to find but if you are interested in Kurzweil's work, this is the best place to start and not with his more recent books. Read full review
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A Platonic Dialogue on the Nature of Human Thought Raymond Kurzweil
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