Edges of Reality: Mind Vs. Computer


"Consider now these provocative questions about the "upper limits" of thought for both humans and computers: Can computers be conscious? What are unsolvable problems, quantum mysteries, and cosmological inquiries? Will we eventually be replaced by automatons with superintelligent computers for brains? Is there a unique mental ability that humans have that computers can never possess? These awesome, complex ideas can be overwhelming when stated in terms of equations, formulas, and mathematical theorems. Edges of Reality: Mind vs. Computer articulates the theories surrounding these questions in a lucid, easy-to-understand way that emphasizes clarity of language, and utilizes concise examples and pertinent illustrations. This book allows the reader to actually understand these ideas, not simply read about them! Dr. William D. May, noted for his research in artificial intelligence and computer science, entertainingly explains and illustrates the reasons for many of our intellectual and physical limitations. This is a fascinating and shrewd book for all readers who have a keen interest in the competition between human and computer "thought" as well as students and professionals in the areas of computer science, engineering, mathematics, astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and theology." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1996