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Artificial Minds

Bradford Books

By Stan Franklin

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Format: Paperback, 463 pages, Revised Edition
Other Information: 95
Published In: United States, 01 April 1997
Recent decades have produced much research in artificial systems that exhibit important properties of mind. But what exactly is this dramatic new work and how does it change the way we think about the mind, or even about who or what has mind? Stan Franklin guides the reader through the contemporary interdisciplinary matrix of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, artificial neural networks, artificial life, and robotics that is producing a new paradigm of mind. Along the way, Franklin makes the case of a perspective that rejects a rigid distinction between mind and non-mind in favour of a continuum from less to more mind, and for the role of mind as a control structure with the essential task of choosing the next action. Selected stops include the best of the work in these different fields, with the key concepts and results explained in just enough detail to allow readers to decide for themselves why the work is significant. The book includes animal minds, Allan Newell's SOAR, the three Artificial Intelligence debates, John Holland's genetic algorithms, Wilson's Animat, Brooks' subsumption architecture, Jackson's pandemonium theory, Ornstein's multimind, Marvin Minsky's society of mind, Patti Maes's behaviour networks, Gerald Edelman's neural Darwinism, Drescher's schema mechanisms, Pentti Kanerva's sparse distributed memory, Douglas Hofstadter and Melanie Mitchell's Copycat, and Agre and Chapman's deictic representations.

Table of Contents

Mechanisms of mind; the nature of mind and the mind-body problem; animal minds; symbolic AI; the first AI debate; connectionism; the second AI debate; evolution, natural and artificial; artificial life; multiplicity of mind; what do I do now?; what's out there?; remembering and creating; representation and the third AI debate; into the future; an emerging new paradigm of mind?.

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A wonderful relaxed tour of the two most important research topics for the twenty-first century: 'What is a mind?' and 'Can we create one artificially?' -- H. John Caulfield, University Eminent Scholar, Department of Physics, Alabama A&M University A highly imaginative and original synthesis of work in the sciences of the artificial and the natural. The book combines the best of cognitive science research with artificial intelligence theorizing, building a bridge between areas usually a chasm apart. I enjoyed it, too! -- Robert Ornstein, psychobiologist and author A wonderful relaxed tour of the two most important research topics for the twenty-first century: 'What is a mind?' and 'Can we create one artificially? -- H. John Caulfield, University Eminent Scholar, Department of Physics, Alabama A&M University A highly imaginative and original synthesis of work in the sciences of the artificial and the natural. The book combines the best of cognitive science research with artificial intelligence theorizing, building a bridge between areas usually a chasm apart. I enjoyed it, too! -- Robert Ornstein, psychobiologist and author Stan Franklin's Artificial Minds is a veritable encyclopedia of recent human attempts to simulate artificially certain aspects of what brains do naturally. A down-to-earth, nuts-and-bolts exploration of what it means to be a 'thinking being'. -- Nick Herbert, author of Quantum Reality and Elemental Mind

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"Stan Franklin's Artificial Minds is a veritable encyclopediaof recent human attempts to simulate artificially certain aspectsof what brains do naturally. A down-to-earth, nuts-and-bolts explorationof what it means to be a thinking being'." Nick Herbert, author of Quantum Reality and ElementalMind

EAN: 9780262561099
ISBN: 0262561093
Publisher: MIT Press
Dimensions: 22.61 x 15.24 x 2.29 centimetres (0.75 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

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"Stan Franklin's Artificial Minds is a veritable encyclopediaof recent human attempts to simulate artificially certain aspectsof what brains do naturally. A down-to-earth, nuts-and-bolts explorationof what it means to be a thinking being'." Nick Herbert, author of Quantum Reality and ElementalMind

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