Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

Computer Power and Human Reason From Judgment to Calculation A classic text by the author who developed ELIZA a natural language processing system

  • Title: Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation
  • Author: Joseph Weizenbaum
  • ISBN: 9780716704638
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • A classic text by the author who developed ELIZA, a natural language processing system.

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    1. This was a book I really wanted to read after having heard much about it and, of course, played with ELIZA and 'her' successors (and produced my own paltry successor). I'm glad I made the effort to track it down.I really relate to Weizenbaum as a writer, because there are two clear sides to the way he approaches his topic. He starts by talking science in what is a quite accessible but no less technical manner. He quickly shows himself to be a person who, more than merely knowing the theories and [...]

    2. 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 do like that Weizenbaum was willing to "just say no" to certain projects on a computer. And I truly felt his impassioned call toward personal responsibility in the last chapter.The one thing that played out very differently than Weizenbaum predicted was speech recognition. He felt it would be too expensive and n [...]

    3. Incredibly prescient given its date. A passionate argument for not forgetting our humanity in the face of the allure of computation.

    4. How much do you trust a computer? The answer to this question has probably changed somewhat since 1976, and the relevance of this book has slipped. Now they're all around us, they are commonplace, invasive. So, to appreciate Weizenbaum's book fully, get in a time machine--to a time 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 to it.No [...]

    5. (a true review to come later) I read and was impressed by this book in the '70s. Now that Artificial Intelligence and its areas of application have come to the fore again, I'm re-reading it. Just the introduction is full of quotable and still-provocative statements about science, engineering, and society. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this book.A quick note: Everyone should take the author's advice and skip the optional chapters 2 and 3. They attempt to provide a theoretical [...]

    6. Between the introductory material on Turing machines & digital logic and the preachy moral & ethical ravings are some decent insights. I'd recommend RMS or Weapons of Math Destruction over this for the social implications of programming.

    7. For me this is one of the most influential book for the practicing computer scientist.But really this is applicable to any field I guess.It outlines J.Weizenbaum's thoughts on the responsibility of each generation to carefully chose the set of problems they consider important enough to be tackled.Most importantly though he stresses the importance to refuse to work on problems that are unethical or morally unjustified.This resonates with me as I think that it is critically important to think and [...]

    8. Interesting anti-artificial intelligence argument from one of the pioneers of AI (he developed that program ELIZA which simulates a psychiatrist that parrots back your responses to you -- if you messed with you computers in the 80s you likely played some variant of it). Was suggested in Godel, Escher, Bach as a important counter viewpoint, which is how I ended up reading it.

    9. Having practiced computer model building for a while, I have often been perplexed by the way managers respond to these decision support tools. This book helps reveal the motivations and beliefs of those who would, if they could, make all quantitative analysis automatic and disconnected from the process of thinking.I have read this book twice and yet I think I still haven't completely grasped the point Weizenbaum is making about the the problems with the way computers execute their commands.

    10. 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.Besides that, if you're interested in understanding how computers work - this is a good choice. If you liked "Code" by Charles Petzold, you will find some of the first chapters of this book familiar.

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