Society Of Mind

Author: Marvin Minsky

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671657135

Category: Psychology

Page: 339

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An authority on artificial intelligence introduces a theory that explores the workings of the human mind and the mysteries of thought

The Society of Text

Hypertext, Hypermedia, and the Social Construction of Information

Author: Edward Barrett

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262521611

Category: Computers

Page: 459

View: 4614


This collection of essays continues Barrett's investigations into implementingnetworked online systems described in his first book Text, ConText, and HyperText, with a morefocused emphasis on specific hypermedia systems. In four parts the 22 essays take up designinghypertext and hypermedia systems for the online user; textual intervention and collaboration; newroles for writers; and sensemaking and learning in the online environment.In his introduction,Barrett analyzes the design of networked online systems as part of a collaborative process,asserting that the online environment fosters collaboration by using computer technology to supportinteraction among those who design, use, and write software.The first five essays present agenealogy of hypertext development, assess various hypertext designs, discuss users' wants andneeds, and analyze the "rhetoric" of hypertext applications in light of new models for computerhuman interaction. Seven essays then take up new, important online systems for informationretrieval, document production, and training in the online environment. Included are a first timefull scale analysis of the Athena Muse hypermedia system developed at MIT, the hypertext environmentIntermedia, developed at Brown, the University of Maryland's Hyperties, and the Educational OnlineSystem for document production and training technical writers, now in its second year of use atMIT.New roles for writers and productivity gains provided by online environments are the subject ofthe next six essays. The final four essays discuss instructional efficiency and the failures ofinstructional materials. Novel proposals are described for addressing the needs and strategies oflearners, for supporting cooperative work in creating, revising, and testing a software program, forevaluating online help systems, and for eliminating ambiguity in online text.Edward Barrett isLecturer in the Writing Program at MIT. The Society of Text is included in the Information Systemsseries, edited by Michael Lesk.

The Emotion Machine

Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind

Author: Marvin Minsky

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416579303

Category: Science

Page: 400

View: 9338


In this mind-expanding book, scientific pioneer Marvin Minsky continues his groundbreaking research, offering a fascinating new model for how our minds work. He argues persuasively that emotions, intuitions, and feelings are not distinct things, but different ways of thinking. By examining these different forms of mind activity, Minsky says, we can explain why our thought sometimes takes the form of carefully reasoned analysis and at other times turns to emotion. He shows how our minds progress from simple, instinctive kinds of thought to more complex forms, such as consciousness or self-awareness. And he argues that because we tend to see our thinking as fragmented, we fail to appreciate what powerful thinkers we really are. Indeed, says Minsky, if thinking can be understood as the step-by-step process that it is, then we can build machines -- artificial intelligences -- that not only can assist with our thinking by thinking as we do but have the potential to be as conscious as we are. Eloquently written, The Emotion Machine is an intriguing look into a future where more powerful artificial intelligences await.


Author: Dirk Bruere


ISBN: 0956758703

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 408

View: 5149


TechnoMage is a collection of technological paradigms and techniques for the modification of consciousness and reality in magick. These range from hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to the exotic statistical argument that this reality is a simulation and the ramifications of that from an "operational magick" point of view. In between there are detailed investigations of the effects of electromagnetic fields on the brain, as well as low level direct electrical stimulation in the alteration of consciousness. Modern paranormal, or Psi, effects are detailed with regard to Remote Viewing (and influencing) as well as contemporary seance practices, physical mediumship, aspects of Ultraterrestrial (UFO) and inter-dimensional communications and their relationships to traditional demonology. And the machines to make it happen. Many more details at: http: //