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This book is a critique of Artificial Intelligence (AI) from the perspective of cognitive science – it seeks to examine what we have learned about human cognition from AI successes and failures. The book’s goal is to separate those “AI dreams” that either have been or could be realized from those that are constructed through discourse and are unrealizable. AI research has advanced many areas that are intellectually compelling and holds great promise for advances in science, engineering, and practical systems. After the 1980s, however, the field has often struggled to deliver widely on these promises. This book breaks new ground by analyzing how some of the driving dreams of people practicing AI research become valued contributions, while others devolve into unrealized and unrealizable projects.Read more
- Covers both technical and critical (socio-philosophical) aspects of AI and cognitive science
- Uses language and style that would be accessible to social science students and engineering students
- Contributes to the improvement of AI and cognitive science
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"I think all undergraduate physics majors will own a copy of this book within a year. It's that good."
--Professor Krsna Dev, Middlebury College
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"Morin's writing is informal and inviting, and students will almost certainly respond easily to this style... [students] will fine the book accessible."
--J.R. Buriaga, Whitman College for Choice
"Artificial Dreams by Ekbia (information science and cognitive science, Indiana Univ.) is an interesting, entertaining book on how some dreams of artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners become valued contributions while others become only unrealizable projects. A major contribution of the book is a taxonomy and historical review of the different views of AI, which is covered in individual chapters. Highly Recommended."
--C. Tappert, Pace University, CHOICE
"...Artificial Dreams: The Quest for NonBiological Intelligence is written in a clear and accessible style that lay audiences and researchers outside of AI will enjoy reading; they will find the book very interesting in its breadth of coverage and, if they are curious about doing further reading, will find its extensive references very useful....Cognitive psychologists with interests in AI but who have not kept up with it are likely to find Ekbia's coverage and treatment very interesting..."
--Michael Palij, PsycCRITIQUES, March 11, 2009, Vol. 54, Release 10, Article 4
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- Date Published: April 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521703390
- length: 416 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 151 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.56kg
- contains: 5 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The origins of AI
2. Supercomputing AI
3. Cybernetic AI
4. Knowledge-intensive AI
5. Case-based AI
6. Connectionist AI
7. Dynamical AI
8. Neo-robotic AI
9. Analogical AI.
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- Brains, Minds, and Persons
- The Brain and Its Mind
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