Made-Up Minds: A Constructivist Approach to Artificial Intelligence

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Made-Up Minds addresses fundamental questions of learning and concept invention by means of an innovative computer program that is based on the cognitive-developmental theory of psychologist Jean Piaget. Drescher uses Piaget's theory as a source of inspiration for the design of an artificial cognitive system called the schema mechanism and then uses the system to elaborate and test Piaget's theory. The approach is original enough that readers need not have extensive knowledge of artificial intelligence, and a chapter summarizing Piaget's work assists readers who lack a background in developmental psychology.
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"In this remarkable book, Gary Drescher shows in sharp detail how certain ideas about the early stages of human sensory-motor learning can be developed into a powerful and mathematically economical system that actually functions in computer simulation. While many of these issues were raised and developed in qualitative form by Jean Piaget, the specific mechanisms proposed byDrescher are distinctly new, and I predict that this work will soon be regarded as a landmark in the foundations of theories of learning" Marvin Minsky , MIT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262041201
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/1991
  • Series: Artificial Intelligence Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author

Gary L. Drescher is an independent scholar and was recently Visiting Fellow at the Center forCognitive Studies at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 1989and is the author of Made-Up Minds: A Constructivist Approach to ArtificialIntelligence (MIT Press, 1991).

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