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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Book Library (June 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403300399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403300393
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,084,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Luisi is a graduate of Brooklyn College and currently participates in the management of two software companies, inventing new ways of looking at things and designing leading edge business solutions. Having lived previously New York and California, Jim is a now resident of New Jersey. Jim still enjoys the area in California that his mom lives in, and enjoys visiting his sister, Marie, as she periodically relocates to new and interesting locations throughout the United States. Jim is grateful to his sister and the various elves for their tremendous contribution to the book with their skillful proof reading and relentless, yet always, constructive criticism. Jim has worked in database technology for over twenty years, participated in every aspect of the software development life cycle for large information systems on Wall Street, and large control systems regarding defense work, and performed as a management consultant in extremely large automation efforts. He has also managed a research effort into artificial intelligence for a major aerospace company, and co-developed 'Process Normalization', which is a process that normalizes millions of lines of code to tens of thousands. As to specific accomplishments, Mr. Luisi was the chief architect of the DataPulse database technology, the first cognitive database system, and the Business Intelligence applications that have been developed using it.Most importantly, Jim's pride and joy is his daughter, born in San Diego on the 21st of August 1990, whose welcome interruptions, along with those of the rest of his family, helped influence Jim's decision not to change his career to become a writer. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Enjoy the ride!
Anthony J. Trupiano Sr.
'Sensitive by Nature' is a fun, exciting adventure which both satisfies and enlightens, and those willing to embark on the journey will emerge richer and fuller.
CMK
A must read for AI and robot funatics.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CMK on August 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I do hope I did justice to your wonderful, brilliant work - it truly deserves it...

'Sensitive by Nature' takes the reader on an enthralling, informative exploration, presenting a critique of intelligence in a highly engrossing and diverting manner. Eloquently formulated, the text offers an intelligible elucidation of an otherwise abstruce subject matter. Through the scrutinization of the mechanisms of the mind, the author unlocks the secrets of life from an evolutionary standpoint, while creatively infusing the text with humor. Moreover, the manuscript is ingeniously written in a progressive manner, permitting the reader gradual access to the subject matter and culminating with the discussion of the future of intelligence. James Luisi's brilliantly executed book proffers an extremely enjoyable, thought-provoking explication of a very interesting and controversial topic, and invites the reader to reconsider previously held convictions. 'Sensitive by Nature' is a fun, exciting adventure which both satisfies and enlightens, and those willing to embark on the journey will emerge richer and fuller.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Trupiano Sr. on November 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
James Luisi has written the most definitive text ever of the future of technology, psychology, education, and intelligence. This well, researched, intensely focused book will take you places no book ever has. The truth about science and technology and where we are headed, or could be headed, should be a matter of concern to everyone. Luisi will take you to places your mind never imagined it could go, and then some.
This is not just a read; it is a journey. A journey that explores time, space, information, science, education, morals, values, and religion in ways you won't comprehend until you take this ride.
You'll know you've arrived when you finish this book for the fifth time and still can't get enough.
If you think we've reached our potential as humans and the way we explore possibilities, you may be right. If you think technology can't out-think us, well, you may be wrong.
Enjoy the ride!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HP on December 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Just as science fiction stories about space travel became reality when man traveled to the moon, the great robotic works take a step toward reality in Jim Luisi's Sensitive by Nature. A humorous pair of neuron characters guide you through the evolution of the human brain to uncover the fundamental constructs needed to support artificial intelligence. But what is really needed to achieve "thinking"? A self-aware robot subject is used to illustrate the most important components of cognitive science, providing new insight into human interactions. To tantalize those that have dreamed of tinkering with robots, the book describes a conceptual model for achieving intelligent processes through automation, minus the techie jargon.

A very enjoyable and entertaining approach to presenting what some might consider a very dry and technical subject. A must read for AI and robot funatics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JPDINNJ on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a person interested in expanding my horizons and one who enjoys reading not only what educates but also what fascinates, I found this book to be real mental tickler. It makes one stop to think after many of its passages to ponder some of the subjects to which only cursory thought had been applied previously. Choose for yourself to agree or disagree with some of the theories and concepts analyzed in the book, but take the time to read this one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John D. Zuccarino on December 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Sensitive By Nature"
After seeing James V. Luisi's book and hearing about it the time seemed right to purchase a signed copy or two and embark on a leisurely book adventure.
What this book has done is to put into words so eloquently what I have experienced in my life.

James V. Luisi has nailed the basic principal of the challenges AI imposed both morally and empirically. I can see this book being brought into the use of Universities, think tanks as well as individuals wanting to digest a cohesive start to finish understanding of the very world that we live in and the people who have and are manipulating it.
The intellectual level that one must posses to fully comprehend and truly utilize this book is staggering. If the individual possesses the basic knowledge needed to comprehend the book they will enjoy a masterful work. If however they are deficient and read chapter by chapter and take the time to reason and comprehend each chapter then they will have read "SBN" the way it should be read.
One chapter at a time is how the reader learns and like a puzzle starts putting the parts together each at their own pace. The object I believe is to comprehend in total all the esoteric as well as the obvious statements and facts and that's where the love of knowledge comes in. If someone loves honest knowledge and the subject of life not just AI then he or she will have found a winner in "Sensitive by Nature" as I did.
John D. Zuccarino
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