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The Allure of Machinic LifeCybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI$
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John Johnston

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262101264

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262101264.001.0001

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The Decoded Couple: Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science

The Decoded Couple: Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science

(p.277) 6 The Decoded Couple: Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science
The Allure of Machinic Life

John Johnston

The MIT Press

This chapter first uncovers what underlies a peculiar and problematic aspect of the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive science, and then traverses in detail the conceptual history of AI research. It suggests that previous discussions of the relationship between AI and cognitive science have neglected the key role of technics, and argues that both must be analyzed as particular concrete instances of a computational assemblage. The chapter also examines the dramatic clash between symbolic and connectionist models of AI in these terms, after which it briefly considers two efforts to simulate consciousness (or several of its features) in robotic machines.

Keywords:   AI, cognitive science, technics, computational assemblage, consciousness simulation, robotic machines

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