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The Mechanical Mind in History
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The Mechanical Mind in History

Phil Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

Abstract

The idea of intelligent machines has become part of popular culture. But tracing the history of the actual science of machine intelligence reveals a rich network of cross-disciplinary contributions—the unrecognized origins of ideas now central to artificial intelligence, artificial life, cognitive science, and neuroscience. In this book, scientists, artists, historians, and philosophers discuss the multidisciplinary quest to formalize and understand the generation of intelligent behavior in natural and artificial systems as a wholly mechanical process. The chapters illustrate the diverse and i ... More

Keywords: intelligent machines, popular culture, artificial intelligence, artificial life, cognitive science, neuroscience, mechanical mind, analogue system, chemical interactions, electromechanical device

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262083775
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phil Husbands, editor

Owen Holland, editor

Michael Wheeler, editor

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Front Matter

1 Introduction: The Mechanical Mind

Philip Husbands, Michael Wheeler, and Owen Holland

6 The Ratio Club: A Hub of British Cybernetics

Philip Husbands, and Owen Holland

8 Gordon Pask His Maverick Machines

Jon Bird, and Ezequiel Di Paolo

9 Santiago Dreaming

Andy Beckett

15 An Interview with John Maynard Smith

Philip Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

16 An Interview with John Holland

Philip Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

17 An Interview with Oliver Selfridge

Philip Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

18 An Interview with Horace Barlow

Philip Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

19 An Interview with Jack Cowan

Philip Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler