A Network Orange: Logic and Responsibility in the Computer by Richard Crandall, Marvin Levich, H. Rheingold

By Richard Crandall, Marvin Levich, H. Rheingold

Computer expertise has turn into a replicate of what we're and a display on which we undertaking either our hopes and our fears for how the area is altering. prior during this century, rather within the post-World battle II period of remarkable development and prosperity, the social agreement among citi­ zens and scientists/engineers was once epitomized by means of the road Ronald Reagan promoted as spokesman for normal electrical: "Progress is our such a lot impor­ tant product. " in additional fresh many years, post-Chernobyl, post-Challenger, post-Bhopal, post-Microsoft, the social agreement has passed through a transfor­ mation. extra everyone is doubtful, apprehensive, and downright against the inspiration that extra know-how promises a greater lifestyles. what's a "better life"? Who merits and who loses whilst new applied sciences switch the way in which we are living, paintings, examine, and play? Who has a say within the means applied sciences are designed and deployed? the place are we going, are we definite we wish to pass there, and who has the facility to do whatever approximately itt From the early days of the railroads, into the period of electrification, during the McLuhan age, a lot of the discourse approximately expertise has been hype, utopianism, and what a few historians have known as "the rhetoric of the technological elegant. " we've found, even though, that no longer everyone gain economically or politically from technological change.

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Indeed, in a phrase such as artificially intelligent chess machine, it seems the only properly defined word is machine. Unfortunately, the normal public interpretation of the phrase is too automatic and innocent. 7 EXTREME DIFFICULTY Partly to dispel any notion that we are bent on sheer criticism of current Al research, W2 shall explore the extreme difficulty of various problems that plague the field. Major barriers lie in the path to effective machine intelligence. In what follows, we shall concentrate not just on levels of difficulty but also on why this or that problem is so difficult.

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For the past decade, he has tried to encode the knowledge of modern-day North America into a computer program called Cyc (from encyclopedia). The largest scale AI experiment ever to be attempted, Cyc may lead the way to extremely intelligent agents or may flop .. There is always a whiff of "it will never work" when one talks to most computer scientists about AI, but why shouldn't it work? More than 4 billion human computers are good at it 22 This passage offers many clues to the epistemological issues at hand.

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