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kleinbl00  ·  1129 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: December 14th: What are you reading this week?

Had the chance to crank through more than half of Sherry Turkle's The Second Self. I'll just say that a perspective on the philosophy of AI from 1985 is fascinating, but a perspective on the people who work on AI in 1985 is not.

Am about halfway through Destiny Disrupted: A history of the world through Islamic Eyes and I'm enjoying it immensely. Ummayads and Abassids and Fatimites and all the rest cease to be blank names and become people.

Just started Ken Alibek's Biohazard and it's unsurprising, unrevealing and fucking terrifying.




bfv  ·  1129 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I'll just say that a perspective on the philosophy of AI from 1985 is fascinating, but a perspective on the people who work on AI in 1985 is not.

If you don't mind something a little heavier, there's an old anthology from the AAAI called Computation & Intelligence that covers GOFAI as thoroughly as anyone not planning on writing any code could want. Amazon has used copies for $3.

Everyone I've ever met who was doing AI in the 80s has great stories to tell, but maybe not the sorts of stories that make it into a book like that.