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The emotion machine : commonsense thinking, artificial intelligence, and the future of the human mind

Author: Marvin Lee Minsky
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In [this book, the author] shows why we should expand our ideas about thinking and how thinking itself might change in the future. [This book] explains how our minds work, how they progress from simple kinds of thought to more complex forms that enable us to reflect on ourselves -- what most people refer to as consciousness, or self-awareness. Unlike other broad theories of the mind, this book proceeds in a  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marvin Lee Minsky
ISBN: 0743276639 9780743276634
OCLC Number: 70122576
Description: 387 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. Falling in love --
2. Attachments and goals --
3. From pain to suffering --
4. Consciousness --
5. Levels of mental activities --
6. Common sense --
7. Thinking --
8. Resourcefulness --
9. The self --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Marvin Minsky.
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In [this book, the author] shows why we should expand our ideas about thinking and how thinking itself might change in the future. [This book] explains how our minds work, how they progress from simple kinds of thought to more complex forms that enable us to reflect on ourselves -- what most people refer to as consciousness, or self-awareness. Unlike other broad theories of the mind, this book proceeds in a step-by-step fashion that draws on detailed and specific examples. It shows that thinking -- even higher-level thinking -- can be broken down into a series of specific actions. From emotional states to goals and attachments and on to consciousness and awareness of self, we can understand the process of thinking in all its intricacy. And once we understand thinking, we can build machines -- artificial intelligences -- that can assist with our thinking, machines that can follow the same thinking patterns that we follow and that can think as we do. These humanlike thinking machines would also be emotion machines -- just as we are. -Dust jacket.

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