Plato and the Nerd

The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.02 hours)
Product Number: Z100137678
Released: May 15, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781469096674
Narrator/s: Tim Andres Pabon
Publisher: Gildan Media, Inc
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Description

Edward Ashford Lee explores the ways that engineers use models and abstraction to build inventive artificial worlds and to give us things that we never dreamed of-for example, the ability to carry in our pockets everything humans have ever published. But he also attempts to counter the runaway enthusiasm of some technology boosters who claim everything in the physical world is a computation-that even such complex phenomena as human cognition are software operating on digital data. Lee argues that the evidence for this is weak, and the likelihood that nature has limited itself to processes that conform to today's notion of digital computation is remote. Lee goes on to argue that artificial intelligence's goal of reproducing human cognitive functions in computers vastly underestimates the potential of computers. In his view, technology is coevolving with humans. It augments our cognitive and physical capabilities while we nurture, develop, and propagate the technology itself. Complementarity is more likely than competition.

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Author(s): Edward Ashford Lee
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: May 15, 2018

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