How to Build a Mind: Toward Machines with Imagination / Edition 2001

How to Build a Mind: Toward Machines with Imagination / Edition 2001

by Igor Aleksander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231120125

ISBN-13: 9780231120128

Pub. Date: 07/10/2001

Publisher: Columbia University Press

"One of the pioneers of neural computers" (New Scientist) unravels the debate on replicating human consciousness in this engaging and accessible book. Igor Aleksander leads a major British team that has applied engineering principles to the understanding of the human brain. They have built several pioneering machines, culminating in MAGNUS, which Aleksander calls a

Overview

"One of the pioneers of neural computers" (New Scientist) unravels the debate on replicating human consciousness in this engaging and accessible book. Igor Aleksander leads a major British team that has applied engineering principles to the understanding of the human brain. They have built several pioneering machines, culminating in MAGNUS, which Aleksander calls a machine with imagination. The idea of such an apparently imaginative, even conscious, machine seems heretical, and its advocates are often accused of sensationalism, arrogance, or philosophical ignorance. Part of the problem, according to Aleksander, is that consciousness itself remains ill defined. Interweaving anecdotes from his own life with imagined dialogues between historical figures -- including Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Wittgenstein, Francis Crick, and Steven Pinker -- Aleksander lays the groundwork for a new understanding of consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231120128
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/10/2001
Series:
Maps of the Mind Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Imagination and Consciousness1
2Miletus: Where the Dreaming Begins15
3Nineteen Fifty-eight: A Voyage Toward Interdisciplinarity29
4The Ghost of Aristotle: An Influence Across Two Millennia43
5Early Artificial Neurons and the Beginnings of Artificial Intelligence57
6Liberating Philosophy: The Empiricists71
7Canterbury: The First Machines87
8Wittgenstein: A Brief Interlude105
9The WISARD Years: Machines with No Mind113
10Starting the Week with Consciousness127
11MAGNUS in South Kensington and Pasadena141
12On Being Conscious: The Ego in the Machine161
Epilogue183
Further Reading189
Notes191
Index197

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