The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind
In this mind-expanding book, scientific pioneer Marvin Minsky continues his groundbreaking research, offering a fascinating new model for how our minds work. He argues persuasively that emotions, intuitions, and feelings are not distinct things, but different ways of thinking.
By examining these different forms of mind activity, Minsky says, we can explain why our thought sometimes takes the form of carefully reasoned analysis and at other times turns to emotion. He shows how our minds progress from simple, instinctive kinds of thought to more complex forms, such as consciousness or self-awareness. And he argues that because we tend to see our thinking as fragmented, we fail to appreciate what powerful thinkers we really are. Indeed, says Minsky, if thinking can be understood as the step-by-step process that it is, then we can build machines -- artificial intelligences -- that not only can assist with our thinking by thinking as we do but have the potential to be as conscious as we are.
Eloquently written, The Emotion Machine is an intriguing look into a future where more powerful artificial intelligences await.
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One of the geniuses behind modern artificial intelligence offers a very watered down, but still interesting view into neuroscience and processing of the human mind. Good for now, but I'd like to review one of his more technical works soon. Read full review
Marvin Minsky contributed more ideas to unraveling the mysteries of the mind than anyone who came before him. The only reason I can imagine why people would give him book mediocre ratings is that most people's heads are so full of profoundly wrong-headed ideas of popular psychology, that they can't recognize a good theory when they see one.
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