Human-centred Systems

Understanding the Artificial: On the Future Shape of Artificial Intelligence

Editors: Negrotti, Massimo (Ed.)

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In recent years a vast literature has been produced on the feasibility of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The topic most frequently discussed is the concept of intelligence, with efforts to demonstrate that it is or is not transferable to the computer. Only rarely has attention been focused on the concept of the artificial per se in order to clarify what kind, depth and scope of performance (including intelligence) it could support. Apart from the classic book by H.A. Simon, The Sciences of the Artificial, published in 1969, no serious attempt has been made to define a conceptual frame for understanding the intimate nature of intelligent machines independently of its claimed or denied human-like features. The general aim of this book is to discuss, from different points of view, what we are losing and what we are gaining from the artificial, particularly from AI, when we abandon the original anthropomorphic pretension. There is necessarily a need for analysis of the history of AI and the limits of its plausibility in reproducing the human mind. In addition, the papers presented here aim at redefining the epistemology and the possible targets of the AI discipline, raising problems, and proposing solutions, which should be understood as typical of the artificial rather than of an information-based conception of man.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Artificial Intelligence: Its Future and its Cultural Roots

    Negrotti, Massimo

    Pages 1-11

  • The Cognitive Dimension in the Processing of Natural Language

    Borillo, Mario

    Pages 13-31

  • Making a Mind Versus Modelling the Brain: Artificial Intelligence Back at the Branchpoint

    Dreyfus, Hubert L. (et al.)

    Pages 33-54

  • Alternative Intelligence

    Negrotti, Massimo

    Pages 55-75

  • Artificial Intelligence as a Dialectic of Science and Technology

    Nissan, Ephraim

    Pages 77-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding the Artificial: On the Future Shape of Artificial Intelligence
Editors
  • Massimo Negrotti
Series Title
Human-centred Systems
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-1776-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-1776-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-19612-9
Series ISSN
1431-0856
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 164
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
Topics