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Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

In addition to walking down memory lane, reminiscing on my study of computer engineering, I enjoyed a technical, philosophical, as well as ethical treatment of artificial intelligence. We feel that the only real test of progress is its ability to amaze: Especially when it helps to dismantle seemingly innocent endeavors as essentially unethical. Weizenbaum loathes this state of affairs. Also, physical computers and the layers of abstraction in their operation have expanded so much since that chapter 3 in particular is almost quaint.

But really this is applicable to any field I guess.

How much do you trust a computer? Still relevant and thought provoking.

Probably the most important book that I misunderstood in college. Jan 15, Paul Berry rated it it was amazing.

He emphasizes over and over how each action is fully deterministic; the computer can not ever choose to act or initiate any action itself.

This reactionary stance–the opposition to the amorality of science–is certainly not unique to Weizenbaum.

Die Macht der Computer und die Ohnmacht der Vernunft (December 1, edition) | Open Library

No trivia or quizzes yet. He eloquently demonstrates with this example and a few chapters what modern writers vernunfh to explain in a whole book: I really enjoyed this one, it covers the problem from many aspects and the author places a great emphasis on the moral side of the issue too. May 23, Kami Bee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps this separation of computer scientists from the laity gave their work a sort of aura, but by now most of us do not even have to stand up to confront a computer.

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Industry leaders push the computer as the most important innovation, ever: I read and was impressed by this book when it was first published. Want to Read saving…. Weizenbaum cites many cases where people have come to a point of crisis and a major change computdr to be made, some dealing with large segments of the population.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum

Many of the computing examples in the book will be foreign to the modern reader; you may wish to skip or skim the extensive examples and simply read his narrative arguments. What motivated him to write this book was the realisation that so many diie taken ELIZA so seriously and saw practical applications in the counselling arena, among others.

To ask other readers questions about Computer Power and Human Reasonplease sign up. It is simply not connected with anything other than the instrument on which it may be exercised. No How much do you trust a computer? Nov 26, Alex Railean rated it it was amazing Shelves: This resonates with me as I think that it is critically important to think and For me this is one of ohnmach most influential ohnmqcht for the practicing computer scientist.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. And however the present age is to be characterized, the computer is not eponymic of it. Jun 17, mm rated it liked it.

Joseph Weizenbaum: Die Macht der Computer und die Ohnmacht der Vernunft

While this technological optimism may have faded some since the ’70s, there is something else Weizenbaum describes that is absolutely timeless: If anything, we are impatient for them to get get smarter. Jan 24, Ed Finn rated it it was amazing. Weizenbaum speaks comparatively little about ELIZA, the work that causes him to be frequently referenced to present times. Here’s where Weizenbaum changes modes, and there’s a problem with his moralizing assertions.

He lays out what he believes technology should not ever do: A book too important to be read just once. I really relate to Weizenbaum as a writer, because there are two clear sides to the way he approaches his topic. Mar 19, Trevor Kroger rated it it was amazing. Also on the negative side, near the end of the book the author strays from his otherwise well-formed argument to simply rant about technology. May 24, Jlawrence rated it really liked it. Users actually requested private sessions with the program in order to discuss more personal matters.

The problem is that he provides no logic to support his thesis. Paperbackpages.