McCorduck, Pamela

Machines Who Think


A fascinating "must-read" that traces the quest for artificial intelligence back to ancient times, and then proceeds though various current topics with readable explanations and lively interview excerpts. Updated in 2004.] '"This twenty-fifth anniversary edition [of 2004] will contain a lengthy afterword.... It will also have two time lines, one where the history of AI is narrowly construed, and another where AI is cast into a far larger context of human endeavor...."See her AI FAQ Collection. Questions include:How long has the human race dreamed about thinking machines?What does it mean that a machine beat Garry Kasparov, the world's chess champion?Artificial intelligence - is it real?What so-called smart computers do -- is that really thinking?But doesn't that mean our own machines will replace us?Shouldn't we just say no to intelligent machines? Aren't the risks too scary?What's ahead as AI succeeds even more?Original: W. H. Freeman and Co., San Francisco; 25th Anniversary Edition: Natick, MA: A K Peters, Ltd., 2004