Emotion Machine Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind

ISBN-10: 0743276647
ISBN-13: 9780743276641
Edition: N/A
Authors: Marvin Minsky
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In this mind-expanding book, scientific pioneer Marvin Minsky continues his groundbreaking research, offering a fascinating new model for how our minds work. He argues persuasively that emotions, intuitions, and feelings are not distinct things, but different ways of thinking. By examining these different forms of mind activity, Minsky says, we can explain why our thought sometimes takes the form of carefully reasoned analysis and at other times turns to emotion. He shows how our minds progress from simple, instinctive kinds of thought to more complex forms, such as consciousness or self-awareness. And he argues that because we tend to see our thinking as fragmented, we fail to appreciate what powerful thinkers we really are. Indeed, says Minsky, if thinking can be understood as the step-by-step process that it is, then we can build machines -- artificial intelligences -- that not only can assist with our thinking by thinking as we do but have the potential to be as conscious as we are. Eloquently written,The Emotion Machineis an intriguing look into a future where more powerful artificial intelligences await.

Introduction
Falling in Love
Attachments and Goals
From Pain to Suffering
Consciousness
Levels of Mental Activities
Common Sense
Thinking
Resourcefulness
The Self
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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