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The main thing I took away from the latter portions of the book was the realisation that, indeed, we do struggle, as intellectuals, to say, ‘I simply think that it’s wrong to do this. Weizenbaum is the author of the famous ELIZA program, mahct simple, elegant English-language parser which, for the course of a brief, casual conversation, might to carry on an intelligent conversation with the user.

Paperbackpages. Open Preview See a Problem? This reactionary stance–the opposition to the amorality of science–is certainly not unique to Weizenbaum. Scientists tell us that within so many years technology will be able to do such and such: Sep 15, Courtney rated it really liked it.

Mar 19, Trevor Kroger de it it was amazing. Daniel Lowe rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And however the present age is to be characterized, the computer is not eponymic of it. Probably the most important book that I misunderstood in college. Well, maybe despite the mundaneness of computers and their accelerating intelligence, we still are. Weizenbaum’s perspective is that, while contentious areas of computer science research are not intrinsically bad, just because certain things can be done does not mean they should be done.


No How much do you trust a computer? Hard science is not the only source of rer It cer be too difficult to summarise all the intricacies of Weizenbaum’s argument, and indeed I doubt I fully understand most of them. Lists with This Book.

Die Macht der Computer und die Ohnmacht der Vernunft

The advent and hype of computer technology has convinced the decision-makers that what they need is to apply more computer power, replacing human tasks with machines which do the same. We feel that the only real test of progress is its ability to amaze: Was suggested in Godel, Escher, Bach as a important counter viewpoint, which is how I ended up reading it. Here’s where Weizenbaum changes modes, and there’s a problem with his moralizing assertions.

Apr 19, Ron rated it really vernnuft it.

Published January 1st by W. Liedzeit rated it it was ok Sep 07, Perhaps this separation of computer scientists from the laity gave their work a sort of aura, but by now most of us do not even have to stand up to confront a computer.

Joseph Weizenbaum on Artificial Intelligence – Dictionary of Arguments

If you liked “Code” by Charles Petzold, you will find some of the first chapters of this book familiar. How much do you trust a computer?

And yet what Weizenbaum seems to imply in so many ways is that logic, the clean-cut stuff we have used to build computers cannot express everything that is important about being human.

Mar 03, Jonathan Lidbeck rated it it was amazing. He spends the first three chapters explaining computers, game theory, and Turing machines using extended metaphors, guiding his reader step-by-step through the processes by which a procedure not the physical computer, but the essence of one can ‘think’ and perform complex tasks.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dan rated it it was amazing Mar 13, Kathrin Passig rated it it was ok Feb 27, Industry leaders push the computer as the most important innovation, ever: Our free will, creativity, intuition, and initiative are things that are exclusively human, can never be automated, and should be trusted and preserved.

It is simply not connected with anything other than the instrument on which it may be exercised.

Aug vrnunft, William Li rated it it was amazing. Instead of sitting down and trying to find a better way of doing things, using our human intuition and initiative, we now have the option of throwing technology blindly at the problem. From Judgment to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum.

I’m glad I made the effort to track it down. But in combination with a loving look at computers, it makes this book unique.

Weizenbaum’s guiding voice would simply advise to assure that I contribute relevant content, and a reminder of this will be the persistent lesson from his book.

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