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Mind Children

The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence

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$34.50 • £27.95 • €31.00

ISBN 9780674576186

Publication Date: 01/02/1990


224 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 halftones, 13 line illustrations


  • List of Figures*
  • Prologue
  • 1. Mind in Motion
  • 2. Powering Up
  • 3. Symbiosis
  • 4. Grandfather Clause
  • 5. Wildlife
  • 6. Breakout
  • Appendix 1. Retinas and Computers
  • Appendix 2. Measuring Computer Power
  • Appendix 3. The Outer Limits of Computation
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments and Illustration Credits
  • Index
  • * Figures
    • Intelligence on Earth
    • Walking Machine
    • Five Legs
    • Three Fingers
    • Autonomous Navigation
    • Object Finding
    • A General-Purpose Robot
    • The Retina
    • Comparative Computational Power and Memory
    • A Century of Computing
    • ENIAC
    • Magic Glasses (Early Model)
    • Robot Proxy
    • Unreal Estate—The Road to Point Reyes
    • A Robot Bush
    • The Corpus Callosum
    • Computer Virus Blowup
    • Selfish Martians
    • Spacetime Pyramid
    • Large Spacetime Pyramids from Small
    • I Think, Therefore I Am
    • Two-Slit Experiment
    • Two Slits and Waves
    • Robot Pals

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