Raymond Kurzweil

  • The Age of Intelligent Machines

    The Age of Intelligent Machines

    Raymond Kurzweil

    In The Age of Intelligent Machines, inventor and visionary computer scientist Raymond Kurzweil probes the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence, from its earliest philosophical and mathematical roots to tantalizing glimpses of 21st-century machines with superior intelligence and truly prodigious speed and memory. Generously illustrated and easily accessible to the nonspecialist, this book provides the background needed for a full understanding of the enormous scientific potential represented by intelligent machines as well as their equally profound philosophic, economic, and social implications. Running alongside Kurzweil's historical and scientific narrative are 23 articles examining contemporary issues in artificial intelligence. Raymond Kurzweil is the founder and chairman of Kurzweil Applied Intelligence and the Kurzweil Reading Machine division of Xerox. He was the principal developer of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind and other significant advances in artificial intelligence technology.

    ArticlesCharles Ames, Margaret A. Boden, Harold Cohen, Daniel C. Dennett, Edward A. Feigenbaum, K. Fuchi, George Gilder, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Michael Lebowitz, Margaret Litven, Blaine Mathieu, Marvin Minsky, Allen Newell, Brian W. Oakley, Seymour Papert, Jeff Pepper, Roger Schank and Christopher Owens, Sherry Turkle, Mitchell Waldrop

    • Hardcover $39.95
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  • HAL's Legacy

    HAL's Legacy

    2001's Computer as Dream and Reality

    David G. Stork

    How science fiction's most famous computer has influenced the research and design of intelligent machines.

    I became operational... in Urbana, Illinois, on January 12, 1997.

    Inspired by HAL's self-proclaimed birth date, HAL's Legacy reflects upon science fiction's most famous computer and explores the relationship between science fantasy and technological fact. The informative, nontechnical chapters written especially for this book describe many of the areas of computer science critical to the design of intelligent machines, discuss whether scientists in the 1960s were accurate about the prospects for advancement in their fields, and look at how HAL has influenced scientific research.

    Contributions by leading scientists look at the technologies that would be critical if we were, as Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick imagined thirty years ago, to try and build HAL in 1997: supercomputers, fault-tolerance and reliability, planning, artificial intelligence, lipreading, speech recognition and synthesis, commonsense reasoning, the ability to recognize and display emotion, and human-machine interaction. A separate chapter by philosopher Daniel Dennett considers the ethical implications of intelligent machines.

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    • Paperback $30.00