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Mind Over Machine: The Power of Human Intuition and Expertise in the Era of the Computer

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Defining the limits of computer technology, the authors make a compelling case that binary logic will always be inferior to human intuitive ability. A stunning reaffirmation of human intelligence.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Free Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was very interesting to read this book so long after its publication in 1987. It was enlightening to see that much of the 'hype' surrounding artificial intelligence was already in place at the time, and many of the predictions we see today regarding the great strides that AI will make in the next two decades were made as far back as the 1960s, by serious AI researchers.

Given that this book is more than 30 years old, many of the factual aspects are out of date - there is a focus on contemporan
Chetan Vashisht
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it

Written in 1987, the things talked in the book are still very relevant today. His model for skill acquisition and expertise is extremely well written. They also deal with some very interesting topics surrounding technology like it's use in education and management. But these topics were fairly dry in the book. Some of the sections in the book were extremely boring to read (and very out of date), but it's still fun to understand the history of the subject and read about it's evolution.

Leonardo Longo
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read this book primarily for understanding of Dreyfus model of skill acquisition, of how learners acquire skills through formal instruction and practicing, but I was truly impressed on the authors point of view on the role of Artificial intelligence in our society, it's potentialities and barriers.
More than approaching AI from a merely technical point of view, they use the theories from Plato, Socrates, Aristotles, Descartes and many other philosophers in order to analyze the society's way
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The text is dated, which of course makes sense! It was published in 1986, so of course the advancements in artificial intelligence has grown.
However, as the book points out, the problems of "common-sense" or general "know-how", are still very much relevant for the 21st century. I however do have a word of caution, if you've read Hubert Dreyfus's other book on AI "What Computers Can't Do" it'll be more or less the same fair in this book (which he co-wrote with his brother Stuart).

Simon Roberts
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A seminal book for anyone interested in the field of AI. Dated but still highly relevant to current debates about the potential and limitations of artificial intelligence.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sciresearch, brainiac
Read this while working on the concept of knowing back in the day.
Eduardo Rodríguez
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It reads today as it did 40 years ago. AI hype and hubris has not been corrected: then again, there's a lot of money in maintaining its mistakes alive. Human knowledge acquisition is not one problem among many: it is THE problem at the center of all knowledge. Some of the smartest people in History have grappled with it without reaching any definitive conclusions, but here comes a bunch of MIT nerds and Silicon Valley billionaires thinking they can solve it with a handful of mathematical party t ...more
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Hubert Lederer Dreyfus was professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where his interests include phenomenology, existentialism, the philosophy of psychology and literature, and the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence.

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