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How to Build a Mind: Toward Machines with Imagination (Maps of the Mind)

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Igor Aleksander heads a major British team that has applied engineering principles to the understanding of the human brain and has built several pioneering machines, culminating in MAGNUS, which he calls a machine with imagination. When he asks it (in words) to produce an image of a banana that is blue with red spots, the image appears on the screen in seconds.

The idea of such an apparently imaginative, even conscious machine seems heretical and its advocates are often accused of sensationalism, arrogance, or philosophical ignorance. Part of the problem, according to Aleksander, is that consciousness remains ill-defined.

Interweaving anecdotes from his own life and research with imagined dialogues between historical figures — including Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Wittgenstein, Francis Crick, and Steven Pinker — Aleksander leads readers toward an understanding of consciousness. He shows not only how the latest work with artificial neural systems suggests that an artificial form of consciousness is possible but also that its design would clarify many of the puzzles surrounding the murky concept of consciousness itself. The book also looks at the presentation of self in robots, the learning of language, and the nature of emotion, will, instinct, and feelings.

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"One of the pioneers of neural computers that borrow heavily on the brain's design" (NEW SCIENTIST) unravels the debate on replicating human consciousness

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ISBN:
9780231120135
Author:
Aleksander, Igor
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence
Subject:
Imagination
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence - General
Subject:
Intelligence (AI) & Semantics
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Series:
Maps of the Mind
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
205
Dimensions:
8.93x5.99x.66 in. .83 lbs.

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