Donald Michie: Machine intelligence, biology and more

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A pioneer of computing, artificial intelligence, and mouse embryology, Donald Michie was an extraordinary individual. In a multifaceted career, Michie excelled in every aspect of science in which he found himself, and his work has proved deeply fruitful and visionary. At the same time, Michie was also a superb communicator.

This delightful, wide-ranging collection of his writings on mice, men, and robots, forms a fitting tribute to a remarkable man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199573042
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/13/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ashwin Srinivasan received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 1991. In 1991 he joined the Turing Institute, Scotland. From 1993, he was a member of the Oxford University's Computing Laboratory, where he was involved in pioneering applications of logic-based machine learning to difficult real-world problems in biology and chemistry. In 2003, he moved to the IBM India Research Laboratory in New Delhi as a Research Staff Member. He is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, and is regularly invited to present work on machine-assisted methods for scientific knowledge discovery.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgements xxix

A Lifetime in a Minute 1

Machine Intelligence 7

The Beginning 9

At Bletchley (2002) 11

Turing's Vision (1985) 18

Fifty Years After (1991) 23

Early Promise 39

Machines That Can Play Games (1963) 41

Where Britain Lags Behind (1963) 46

Edinburgh Will Set the Pace (1966) 51

Clever or Intelligent? (1969) 57

Recollections of Early AI in Britain: 1942-65 66

Tokyo-Edinburgh Dialogue (1971) 74

Disaster and Recovery 87

Machine Intelligence in the Cycle Shed (1973) 90

Of Bears and Balls (1985) 94

Comments on the Lighthill Report (1973) 97

The Turing Institute (1989) 107

Slaughter on Seventh Avenue (1997) 113

Human Window on the World (1985) 121

Rules from Brains (1994) 131

The Way Ahead 141

Turing's Test and Conscious Thought (1993) 142

'Strong AI': An Adolescent Disorder (1995) 162

Return of the Imitation Game (2001) 176

Biology 191

Mainly About Mice 193

Keeping Mice (1961) 199

Maternal Inheritance in Mice (1955) 202

Super-pregnancy (1959) 206

The Transfer of Fertilized Mouse Eggs (1956) 213

The Importance of Being Cross-Bred (1955) 218

Immunogical Tolerance and Chimaeras (1961) 224

Science and Society 229

'From Our Science Correspondent' 231

Scientific Advice to Governments (1981) 232

Song and Dance Story (1979) 236

The Black Death of Our Times (1981) 239

Keeping One Jump Ahead (2006) 244

What They Read and Why (1960) 247

Sciencemanship (1959) 251

Peace and Goodwill 257

The Tramp's Charter (1957) 259

Descent into Unreason (How Jack Straw Ruined My Book) (2003) 262

Publications 293

Selected Publications in Biology 295

Selected Publications in Computer Science 299

Books 306

Web Links 307

Index 308

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