e-book: The Age of Intelligent Machines

THE AGE OF INTELLIGENT MACHINES | Footnotes

September 24, 2001
Author:
Ray Kurzweil

From Ray Kurzweil’s revolutionary book The Age of Intelligent Machines, published in 1990.… read more

THE AGE OF INTELLIGENT MACHINES | Growing Up in the Age of Intelligent Machines: Reconstructions of the Psychological and Reconsiderations of the Human

April 25, 2001
Author:
Sherry Turkle

In this chapter from The Age of Intelligent Machines (published 1990), Sherry Turkle looks at the cultural implications of artificial intelligence, when computers become mirrors for our identities. How does thinking about machines make us rethink what it means to be human?… read more

THE AGE OF INTELLIGENT MACHINES | The Social Impact of Artificial Intelligence

April 25, 2001
Author:
Margaret A. Boden

Is artificial intelligence in human society a utopian dream or a Faustian nightmare? Will our descendants honor us for making machines do things that human minds do or berate us for irresponsibility and hubris? In this chapter from The Age of Intelligent Machines (published in 1990), Margaret A. Boden explores the potential impacts of artificial intelligence on society.… read more

THE AGE of INTELLIGENT MACHINES | Can Machines Think?

February 21, 2001
Author:
Daniel Dennett

The “inner light, that private way that it is with you that nobody else can share … is forever outside the bounds of computer science,” argues philosopher Dennett. From Ray Kurzweil’s revolutionary book The Age of Intelligent Machines, published in 1990.… read more

The Age of Intelligent Machines: Can Machines Think?

February 21, 2001
Author:
Lee Gutkind

Originally Published 1990

Can machines think? This has been a conundrum for philosophers for years, but in their fascination with the pure conceptual issues they have for the most part overlooked the real social importance of the answer.

It is of more than academic importance that we learn to think clearly about the actual cognitive powers of computers, for they are now being introduced into a variety

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THE AGE of INTELLIGENT MACHINES | A Personal Postscript

February 21, 2001
Author:
Ray Kurzweil

Pattern matching is the basis of Raymond Kurzweil’s inventions in optical character recognition, speech recognition and synthesis, and electronic music. From Ray Kurzweil’s revolutionary book The Age of Intelligent Machines, published in 1990.… read more

THE AGE of INTELLIGENT MACHINES | Postscript

February 21, 2001
Author:
Ray Kurzweil

Inventor, futurist Ray Kurzweil surveys the complex and daunting initiative to create truly intelligent machines. Neural net decision-making rivals experts, pattern recognition mimics human capabilities. While true human intelligence dwarfs today’s artificial intelligence, there is no fundamental barrier to the AI field’s ultimately achieving this objective, he says. From Ray Kurzweil’s revolutionary book The Age of Intelligent Machines, published in 1990.… read more

THE AGE of INTELLIGENT MACHINES | Brother Giorgio’s Kangaroo

February 21, 2001
Author:
Harold Cohen

Scientist-painter Harold Cohen reveals the mystery works behind his famous “artificially” intelligent AARON program, which draws landscapes and portraits. A profound symbiosis of man and machine, as computer imitates art and art imitates life, it demonstrates the growing capacity of technology to reflect the subtlety of human experience. From Ray Kurzweil’s revolutionary book The Age of Intelligent Machines, published in 1990.… read more

THE AGE of INTELLIGENT MACHINES | Knowledge Processing–From File Servers to Knowledge Servers

February 21, 2001

This chapter from The Age of Intelligent Machines (published in 1990) addresses the history and development of AI, and where it was headed, circa 1990.… read more

THE AGE of INTELLIGENT MACHINES | Thoughts About Artificial Intelligence

February 21, 2001
Author:
Marvin Minsky

One of the visionaries in the field of AI shares his thoughts on AI, from the beginning of the last decade. From Ray Kurzweil’s revolutionary book The Age of Intelligent Machines, published in 1990.… read more

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