HAL's Legacy: 2001's Computer as Dream and Reality

HAL's Legacy: 2001's Computer as Dream and Reality

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by David G. Stork
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262692112

ISBN-13: 9780262692113

Pub. Date: 02/06/1998

Publisher: MIT Press

I became operational... in Urbana, Illinois, on January 12,
1997.

Inspired by HAL's self-proclaimed birth date,
HAL's Legacy reflects upon science fiction's most famous computer and explores the relationship between science fantasy and technological fact. The informative, nontechnical chapters written especially for this book describe many

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I became operational... in Urbana, Illinois, on January 12,
1997.

Inspired by HAL's self-proclaimed birth date,
HAL's Legacy reflects upon science fiction's most famous computer and explores the relationship between science fantasy and technological fact. The informative, nontechnical chapters written especially for this book describe many of the areas of computer science critical to the design of intelligent machines,
discuss whether scientists in the 1960s were accurate about the prospects for advancement in their fields, and look at how HAL has influenced scientific research.

Contributions by leading scientists look at the technologies that would be critical if we were, as Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick imagined thirty years ago, to try and build HAL in 1997: supercomputers,
fault-tolerance and reliability, planning, artificial intelligence, lipreading,
speech recognition and synthesis, commonsense reasoning, the ability to recognize and display emotion, and human-machine interaction. A separate chapter by philosopher Daniel Dennett considers the ethical implications of intelligent machines.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262692113
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/06/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,102,257
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1The Best-Informed Dream: HAL and the Vision of 20011
2Scientist on the Set: An Interview with Marvin Minsky15
3Could We Build HAL? Supercomputer Design33
4"Foolproof and incapable of error?" Reliable Computing and Fault Tolerance53
5"An Enjoyable Game": How HAL Plays Chess75
6"The Talking Computer": Text to Speech Synthesis101
7When Will HAL Understand What We Are Saying? Computer Speech Recognition and Understanding131
8"I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that": How Could HAL Use Language?171
9From 2001 to 2001: Common Sense and the Mind of HAL193
10Eyes for Computers: How HAL Could "See"211
11"I could see your lips move": HAL and Speechreading237
12Living in Space: Working with the Machines of the Future263
13Does HAL Cry Digital Tears? Emotions and Computers279
14"That's something I could not allow to happen": HAL and Planning305
15Computers, Science, and Extraterrestrials: An Interview with Stephen Wolfram333
16When HAL Kills, Who's to Blame? Computer Ethics351
Contributors367
Index377

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Prior to attending a lecture by Dr. David Stork at a celebration of HAL 9000's birthday in Urbana, Illinois, I had only a passing interest in the field of Artificial Intelligence. After the lecture, I was motivated to learn more and bought a copy of his book, Hal's Legacy: 2001's Computer As Dream and Reality. It turned out to be one of the most thought-provoking as well as entertaining books I have read. Through a series of expert essays, Stork explores the current state and direction of Artificial Intelligence using HAL as both backdrop and benchmark. Non-technical readers will enjoy the way that the scientists that Stork has chosen present their theories of what it would take for us to realize Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke's vision of HAL. HAL's Legacy analyzes the prospects and possibilities of computers being able to converse, understand natural language, visualize, feel emotion, and even make value judgements. It also give the reader a new appreciation of the science that went into the science fiction of the movie 2001.