Artificial Experts: Social Knowledge and Intelligent Machines

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In Artificial Experts, Collins explains what computers can't do, but he also studies the ordinary and extraordinary things that they can do. He argues that the machines we create are limited because we cannot reproduce in symbols what every community knows, yet we give our machines abilities by the way we embed them in our society. He unfolds a compelling account of the difference between human action and machine intelligence, the core of which is a witty and learned explanation of knowledge itself, of what ...

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Overview

In Artificial Experts, Collins explains what computers can't do, but he also studies the ordinary and extraordinary things that they can do. He argues that the machines we create are limited because we cannot reproduce in symbols what every community knows, yet we give our machines abilities by the way we embed them in our society. He unfolds a compelling account of the difference between human action and machine intelligence, the core of which is a witty and learned explanation of knowledge itself, of what communities know and the ways in which they know it. H. M. Collins isProfessor of Sociology, Head of the School of Social Sciences, and Director of the Science StudiesCentre at the University of Bath.

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"Over the past fifteen years, Harry Collins has been in the forefront of a handful of mostly British sociologists who are revolutionizing our understanding of science by taking seriously a commonplace suggestion, namely, that science should be studied just like any other social phenomenon." Steve Fuller Times Literary Supplement

"H. M. Collins makes his case without the polemical excesses of Hubert Dreyfus orJohn Searle. Unlike them, he seems to have genuinely attempted an experiment in knowledge engineering." Kamesh Ramakrishna

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Machines are artificial experts in the sense that their knowledge base is man made and limited to what can be encoded and conferred upon them by their human programmers. Collins' (sociology, U. of Bath) wide- ranging and witty exploration of the relationship between people and machines presents a fresh analysis of human knowledge as well as a means by which to understand the limits and the possibilities of machine intelligence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780262531153
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/1992
  • Series: Inside Technology
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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H. M. Collins is Professor of Sociology, Head of the School of Social Sciences, and Director of the Science Studies Centre at the University of Bath.

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