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Giant brains : or, machines that think

Author: Edmund Callis Berkeley
Publisher: New York : John Wiley & Sons, [1949]. ©1949
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Giant Brains" explores and explains the new calculating machines which have been developed by various laboratories, the principles involved, their reliability, and their functions and limitations. These machines can calculate, remember, reason, store, select, and handle information and so are of great value in science and industry. Mr. Berkeley, a mathematician, worked during the war on the development of these  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund Callis Berkeley
OCLC Number: 938623
Description: xvi, 270 pages : illustrations, diagrams ; 22 cm
Contents: Can machines think? what is a mechanical brain? --
Languages : systems for handling information --
A machine that will think : the design of a very simple mechanical brain --
Counting holes : punch-card calculating machines --
Measuring : Massachusetts Institute of Technology's differential analyzer no. 2 --
Accuracy to 23 digits : Harvard's IBM automatic sequence-controlled calculator --
Speed--5000 additions a second : Moore School's ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator) --
Reliability--no wrong results : Bell Laboratories general-purpose relay calculator --
Reasoning : the Kalin-Burkhart logical-truth calculator --
An excursion : the future design of machines that thinks --
The future : machines that think, and what they might do for men --
Social control : machines that think, and how society may control them.
Other Titles: Machines that think
Responsibility: [by] Edmund Callis Berkeley.

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"Giant Brains" explores and explains the new calculating machines which have been developed by various laboratories, the principles involved, their reliability, and their functions and limitations. These machines can calculate, remember, reason, store, select, and handle information and so are of great value in science and industry. Mr. Berkeley, a mathematician, worked during the war on the development of these machines, and envisions myriad uses for them in the future. He also grapples with the possible social impact of employing such machines, a question more commonly addressed in fiction. While the scientifically initiated will derive the greatest pleasure from this book, it is addressed to the interested general reader.

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