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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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Charles Babbage and the Emergence of Automated Reason

Charles Babbage and the Emergence of Automated Reason

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The Mechanical Mind in History

Seth Bullock

The MIT Press

This chapter examines some of the historical research that has focused on Charles Babbage’s (1791–1871) early machine intelligence and its ramifications. First, it presents Babbage’s use of computing within academic research. It then discusses the implications of this activity on the wider question of machine intelligence, and explores the relationship between automation and intelligibility. Intermittently throughout these considerations, connections between the concerns of Babbage and his contemporaries and those of modern artificial intelligence (AI) are noted.

Keywords:   computing machinery, machine intelligence, automation, intelligibility, artificial intelligence

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