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The Myth of Artificial Intelligence

Why Computers Can’t Think the Way We Do

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674983519

Publication Date: 04/06/2021


320 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

Belknap Press


  • Introduction
  • I. The Simplified World
    • 1. The Intelligence Error
    • 2. Turing at Bletchley
    • 3. The Superintelligence Error
    • 4. The Singularity, Then and Now
    • 5. Natural Language Understanding
    • 6. AI as Technological Kitsch
    • 7. Simplifications and Mysteries
  • II. The Problem of Inference
    • 8. Don’t Calculate, Analyze
    • 9. The Puzzle of Peirce (and Peirce’s Puzzle)
    • 10. Problems with Deduction and Induction
    • 11. Machine Learning and Big Data
    • 12. Abductive Inference
    • 13. Inference and Language I
    • 14. Inference and Language II
  • III. The Future of the Myth
    • 15. Myths and Heroes
    • 16. AI Mythology Invades Neuroscience
    • 17. Neocortical Theories of Human Intelligence
    • 18. The End of Science?
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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