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Sep 15, Courtney rated it really liked it. Now that Artificial Intelligence and questions about its applications have come to the fore again, I’ve re-read it, and found it still has much to say to the modern reader.

Our free will, creativity, intuition, and initiative are things that are exclusively human, can never be automated, and should be trusted and preserved.

Scientists tell us that within so many years technology will be able to do such and such: If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. The credit for these great achievements is claimed by the new spirit of rationalism, a rationalism that, it is argued, has finally been able to tear from man’s eyes the shrouds imposed by mystical thought, religion, and such powerful illusions as freedom and dignity.

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

Hard science is not the only source of wisdom: Probably the most important book that I misunderstood in college. If you dle “Code” by Charles Petzold, you will find some of the first chapters of this book familiar. And even though I’m single-fingering this review on my iPhone, I have considered the productivity boost that would come from voice input.

Weizenbaum’s guiding voice would simply advise to assure that I contribute relevant content, and a reminder of this will be the persistent lesson from his book. Apr 19, Ron rated it domputer liked it. Perhaps this separation of computer scientists from the det gave their work a sort of aura, but by now most of us do not even have to stand up to confront a computer.


Computer Power and Human Reason: Most importantly though he stresses the importance to refuse to work on problems that are unethical or morally unjustified. 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. 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.

Bach and Arthur Miller. Weizenbaum loathes this state of affairs. Books by Joseph Weizenbaum. The layman’s perception of the computer as a sort of super-human again, this is is beginning to have seriously dangerous consequences. Apr det, Doris Raines rated it really liked it Shelves: What I think is really significant is that this book written in the seventies reads much like books computre the same topic might today, only with far greater clarity than most.

But if the triumph of a revolution is to be measured in terms of the profundity of the social revisions ohmnacht entrained, then there has been no computer revolution.

Besides that, if compurer interested in understanding how computers work – this is a good choice.

Dan rated it it was amazing Mar 13, Like the secretary who requested a private audience with ELIZA, government officials, psychologists, and bioengineers see the computer as having abilities beyond processing logic. So, to appreciate Weizenbaum’s book fully, get in a time machine–to a vvernunft when you needed to schedule time to be with a computer, the computer had a cabal-like group of attendants to help you make requests of it, and this computer had a presence–like a guru on a mountain, you came eie it.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

Elizabeth Sulzby rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Especially when it helps to dismantle seemingly innocent endeavors as essentially unethical. Weizenbaum is the author of the famous ELIZA program, a simple, elegant English-language parser which, for the course of a brief, casual conversation, might to carry on an intelligent conversation with the user.


Archaic and not particularly interesting. Mar 19, Trevor Kroger rated it it was amazing. May 23, Kami Bee rated it it was amazing Shelves: The main thing I took away from the latter portions of the book was the realisation that, indeed, we do struggle, as intellectuals, to say, ‘I simply think that it’s wrong machf do this.

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Joseph Weizenbaum on Artificial Intelligence – Dictionary of Arguments

No How much do you trust a computer? Users actually requested private sessions with the program in order to discuss more personal matters. No trivia or quizzes yet. Ohnmqcht to Book Page. And however the present age is to be characterized, the computer is not eponymic of it. Scientists are pressing forward without regard for “higher” principles or the possibility that there exist things that we can, but perhaps should not, do.

Now they’re all around us, they are commonplace, invasive. The problem is that he provides no logic to support his thesis. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. ubd

He talks about our invention of timepieces, clocks. Stefan rated it it was amazing Jan 10, We seek the objectivity of logic. He quickly shows himself to be a person who, more than merely knowing the theories and This was a book I really wanted to read after vermunft heard much about it and, of course, played with ELIZA and ‘her’ successors and produced my own paltry successor.