Artificial Dreams: The Quest for Non-Biological Intelligence by H. R. Ekbia

By H. R. Ekbia

This e-book is a critique of man-made Intelligence (AI) from the point of view of cognitive technology - it seeks to check what we now have realized approximately human cognition from AI successes and screw ups. The book's target is to split these "AI dreams" that both were or may be discovered from those who are built via discourse and are unrealizable. AI study has complicated many components which are intellectually compelling and holds nice promise for advances in technology, engineering, and useful structures. After the Eighties, in spite of the fact that, the sphere has frequently struggled to bring generally on those provides. This publication breaks new flooring by means of examining how a few of the riding desires of individuals training AI learn develop into valued contributions, whereas others devolve into unrealized and unrealizable initiatives.

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Based on considerations such as these, Kling and Iacono (1995) described AI as a computerization movement similar in character to office automation, personal computing, networking, and so on. We will examine the implications of this view of AI in more detail in the Epilogue. 19:15 P1: KNP 9780521878678c01 CUFX253/Ekbia 978 0 521 87867 8 April 3, 2008 Artificial Dreams 36 weaving things together It is not so much our judgments as it is our prejudices that constitute our being. . Prejudices are biases of our openness to the world.

It is, indeed, hard to find a single commonly accepted characterization of the hacker culture, especially in light of the changes brought about by the Internet and the so-called virtual communities formed around it, of which hacker groups are a prime example (Castells 2001: 46–49). The extensive networking of computers that picked up the pace in the 1990s, especially on the Internet, has had a great influence on the way computers are used. To many people today, being at a computer is synonymous with being connected to the Internet (Wellman 2001: 2031).

The AI community is embedded in a broad cultural context that is partly continuous with other cultures and partly distinct from them. Significant among the broader context are the cultures of engineers and entrepreneurs, and the most recent example is the so-called hacker culture of computer enthusiasts. 6 19:15 P1: KNP 9780521878678c01 CUFX253/Ekbia 32 978 0 521 87867 8 April 3, 2008 Artificial Dreams In the United States, for instance, the number of engineers grew from about one hundred in 1870 to forty-three hundred in 1914 (Noble 1977).

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