In Our Own Image, by Maureen Caudill; Artificial Life, by Steven Levy
Why can’t a machine be more like a man? After her rapid but thorough discussion of current research in a wide variety of computer-related fields, Maureen Caudill feels able to answer the question. Essentially her answer is: it can be—and maybe better.
This reply should come as a surprise to anyone who has had any contact with today’s computers, which, though extremely competent at performing some tasks that challenge even intellectually gifted adults, are yet totally incapable of others that young children accomplish without effort. For example, computers have been programmed to play chess at the grandmaster level, but it has so far proved impossible to build a robot that can walk across a room as well as the average two-year-old.
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