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Twenty-five years ago, Pamela McCorduck’s passionate, impressionistic introduction to artificial intelligence helped accelerate the AI revolution. Her book still fascinates. Recently, AI Magazine wrote, “it is a tribute to her powers of observation and her conversational style” that no AI book for a general audience has ever proven more successful.
Now, Machines Who Think is back. McCorduck’s appended a new, 100-page afterword covering what’s happened since 1980. Her timing’s perfect. AI’s had its fits and starts, but -- from Tim Berners-Lee’s Semantic Web to Neiman Marcus’s Christmas catalog -- it’s rolling forward again.
Even without the last 25 years, this is an amazing story with roots that go back to ancient Greece. It’s full of unforgettable personalities (think Marvin Minsky). And we agree with AI: McCorduck has told it brilliantly. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.