Machines Who Think
A Personal Inquiry into the History and Prospects of Artificial Intelligence
This book is a history of artificial intelligence, that audacious effort to duplicate in an artifact what we consider to be our most important property—our intelligence. It is an invitation for anybody with an interest in the future of the human race to participate in the inquiry.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- Time Line: The Mechanization of Thinking -- Part I Beginnings -- Part II The Turning Point -- Part III Resistance -- Part IV Realizations -- Part V The Tensions of Choice -- Part V Afterword -- Timeline: The Evolution of Intelligence -- Bibliography -- Index.
" my money, Machines Who Think continues to be the most reliable source on the first couple of decades."" -Herbert A. Simon, March 2004
""If you are interested in how the pioneers of AI approached the problem of getting a machine to think like a human--a story told here with verve, wit, intelligence and perception--there is no better place to go than this book."" -John Casti, NATURE, April 2004
""The enormous, if stealthy, influence of AI bears out many of the wonders foretold 25 years ago in Machines Who Think, Pamela McCorduck's groundbreaking survey of the history and prospects of the field…. [T]aken together, the original and the afterword form a rich and fascinating history."" -Scientific American, May 2004"