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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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Gordon Pask His Maverick Machines

Gordon Pask His Maverick Machines

(p.185) 8 Gordon Pask His Maverick Machines
The Mechanical Mind in History

Jon Bird

Ezequiel Di Paolo

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This chapter focuses on the early period of Gordon Pask’s life, tracing the development of his research from his days as a Cambridge undergraduate to the period in the late 1950s when his work started to have an impact internationally. It describes three of his maverick machines: Musicolour, a sound-actuated interactive light show; SAKI, a keyboard-skill training machine; and an electrochemical device that grew an “ear.” It assesses the value of these machines, fifty years after they were built, in particular, the maverick ideas that they embody.

Keywords:   intelligent machines, Musicolour, light show, SAKI, keyboard-skill training machine, electrochemical device, maverick machines

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