How to Build a Person: A Prolegomenon

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Building a person has been an elusive goal in artificial intelligence. This failure,John Pollock argues, is because the problems involved are essentially philosophical; what is needed for the construction of a person is a physical system that mimics human rationality. Pollock describes an exciting theory of rationality and its partial implementation in OSCAR, a computer system whose descendants will literally be persons.In developing the philosophical superstructure for this bold undertaking, Pollock defends the ...

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Overview

Building a person has been an elusive goal in artificial intelligence. This failure,John Pollock argues, is because the problems involved are essentially philosophical; what is needed for the construction of a person is a physical system that mimics human rationality. Pollock describes an exciting theory of rationality and its partial implementation in OSCAR, a computer system whose descendants will literally be persons.In developing the philosophical superstructure for this bold undertaking, Pollock defends the conception of man as an intelligent machine and argues that mental states are physical states and persons are physical objects as described in the fable of Oscar, the self conscious machine.Pollock brings a unique blend of philosophy and artificial intelligence to bear on the vexing problem of how to construct a physical system that thinks, is self conscious, has desires, fears, intentions, and a full range of mental states. He brings together an impressive array of technical work in philosophy to drive theory construction inAI. The result is described in his final chapter on "cognitive carpentry."John Pollock is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona. A Bradford Book

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Building a person has been an elusive goal in artificial intelligence. Pollock philosophy and cognitive science, U. of Arizona describes an original theory of rationality and its partial implementation in OSCAR, a computer system whose descendants will literally be persons. A sophisticated synthesis of the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262512237
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1989
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Pollock is Regents Professor of Philosophy and Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona.

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