Bought this a while back and keep meaning to get to it, but I a bit ignorant in Cognitive Science and computers, so it's been too intimidating so far.Bought this a while back and keep meaning to get to it, but I a bit ignorant in Cognitive Science and computers, so it's been too intimidating so far. This is primarily a critique of AI research back 30-40 years ago, from what I hear, though it has been updated for this edition (though this edition is old by now as well, considering the speed with which research advances in the sciences compared to philosophy). ...more
Finally finished this-- a great, easy to read yet insightful book about our use of the internet and the potential in the internet for aiding educationFinally finished this-- a great, easy to read yet insightful book about our use of the internet and the potential in the internet for aiding education. There is a very critical element here, but Dreyfus is not a Luddite. Even if you end up disagreeing with his arguments against the more optomistic statements about the internet's potential to better our lives, he at least gives the most thorough, intelligent, and informed critique of the internet that I know of. He writes from the perspective of philosophy, of course, but is very familiar with the world of computers as well, having a brother in the field and having been a major critic of the AI movement (which does not mean he opposes AI-- only that he is critical of research into AI and the promises made regarding AI). Too tired to write a more thorough review now, but this is a great book, short, easy to read, and both profound and relevant.
Been meaning to finish getting through this for some time now, but I keep getting distracted by other books. Despite that, it looks pretty good. I've gotten hooked on Dreyfus by his articles on AI and phenomenology, which you can find online at his UC Berkeley web page. This particular book seems to be a very easy to understand yet intellectually respectable discussion of the epistemological and ontological issues involved in our use of the Internet. Don't worry, Dreyfus is not a reactionary Luddite intent on obliterating the internet! He does tend to emphasize the weaknesses in the problematic positions of the more extreme proponents of AI and the internet, primarily by emphasizing that we humans are what we are largely, or perhaps primarily because of our embodied existence (in opposition to those who think we should evolve into "brains in vats", or rather, disembodied intelligences), as well as by following in Heidegger's footsteps in pointing out the ways (sometimes harmful) in which technology affects our mode of "being-in-the-world"-- but it seems to me that he is interested in promoting a healthy way to live with technology, rather than doing away with technology. ...more