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The Mechanical Mind in History$
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Phil Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083775

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.001.0001

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An Interview with Jack Cowan

An Interview with Jack Cowan

(p.430) (p.431) 19 An Interview with Jack Cowan
The Mechanical Mind in History

Philip Husbands

Owen Holland

Michael Wheeler

The MIT Press

Jack Cowan, educated at Edinburgh University, Imperial College, and MIT, is one of the pioneers of continuous approaches to neural networks and brain modeling. He has made many important contributions to machine learning, neural networks, and computational neuroscience. This chapter presents an edited transcript of an interview conducted on the 6 November 2006. Cowan offers a unique perspective on activity in machine intelligence in the UK and the US in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He recounts how his ideas developed under the influence of some of the great pioneers of cybernetics, and how those ideas flourished throughout his subsequent career.

Keywords:   neural networks, brain modeling, machine learning, computational neuroscience, machine intelligence, cybernetics

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