Talking Nets: An Oral History of Neural Networks

Talking Nets: An Oral History of Neural Networks

by James A. Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262011670

ISBN-13: 9780262011679

Pub. Date: 06/23/1998

Publisher: MIT Press

Since World War II, a group of scientists has been attempting to understand the human nervous system and to build computer systems that emulate the brain's abilities. Many of the early workers in this field of neural networks came from cybernetics; others came from neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering,mathematics, psychology, even economics. In this

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Since World War II, a group of scientists has been attempting to understand the human nervous system and to build computer systems that emulate the brain's abilities. Many of the early workers in this field of neural networks came from cybernetics; others came from neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering,mathematics, psychology, even economics. In this collection of interviews, those who helped to shape the field share their childhood memories, their influences, how they became interested in neural networks, and what they see as its future.

The subjects tell stories that have been told, referred to, whispered about, and imagined throughout the history of the field. Together, the interviews form a Rashomon-like web of reality. Some of the mythic people responsible for the foundations of modern brain theory and cybernetics, such as Norbert Wiener, Warren McCulloch, and Frank Rosenblatt, appear prominently in the recollections. The interviewees agree about some things and disagree about more. Together, they tell the story of how science is actually done,including the false starts, and the Darwinian struggle for jobs, resources, and reputation. Although some of the interviews contain technical material, there is no actual mathematics in the book.

ContributorsJames A. Anderson, Michael Arbib, Gail Carpenter, Leon Cooper, Jack Cowan, Walter Freeman, Stephen Grossberg,Robert Hecht-Neilsen, Geoffrey Hinton, Teuvo Kohonen, Bart Kosko, Jerome Lettvin,Carver Mead, David Rumelhart, Terry Sejnowski, Paul Werbos, Bernard Widrow

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262011679
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/23/1998
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Jerome Y. Lettvin1
2Walter J. Freeman23
3Bernard Widrow45
4Leon N. Cooper71
5Jack D. Cowan97
6Carver Mead127
7Teuvo Kohonen145
8Stephen Grossberg167
9Gail Carpenter and Stephen Grossberg199
10Michael A. Arbib211
11James A. Anderson239
12David E. Rumelhart267
13Robert Hecht-Nielsen293
14Terrence J. Sejnowski315
15Paul J. Werbos335
16Geoffrey E. Hinton361
17Bart Kosko387
Glossary413
Index423

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