Computation and Human Experience

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This book offers a critical reconstruction of the fundamental ideas and methods of artificial intelligence research. Through close attention to the metaphors of AI and their consequences for the field's patterns of success and failure, it argues for a reorientation of the field away from thought in the head and toward activity in the world. By considering computational ideas in a philosophical framework, the author eases critical dialogue between technology and the humanities and social sciences. AI can benefit from new understandings of human nature, and in return, it offers a powerful mode of investigation into the practicalities and consequences of physical realization.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Metaphor in practice 27
3 Machinery and dynamics 49
4 Abstraction and implementation 66
5 The digital abstraction 89
6 Dependency maintenance 105
7 Rule system 124
8 Planning and improvisation 142
9 Running arguments 160
10 Experiments with running arguments 179
11 Representation and indexicality 222
12 Deictic representation 241
13 Pengi 260
14 Conclusion 302
Notes 316
References 334
Author index 361
Subject index 366
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