Penrose claims that there is an intimate, perhaps unknowable relation between quantum effects and our thinking, and ultimately derives his anti-AI stance from his proposition that some, if not all, of our thinking is non-algorithmic. Of course, these days we believe that there are other avenues to AI than traditional algorithmic programming; while he has been accused of setting up straw robots to knock down, this accusation is unfair. Little was then known about the power of neural networks and behavior-based robotics to simulate (and, some would say, produce) intelligent problem-solving behavior. Whether these tools will lead to strong AI is ultimately a question of belief, not proof, and The Emperor's New Mind offers powerful arguments useful to believer and nonbeliever alike. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book reads like an early draft of Penrose's "Shadows of the Mind." The reader coming afresh to Penrose's ideas would be tempted to skip this earlier book and going... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Simon Manley
A nice opposite view of mainstream AI thoughts. But most of the ideas are just speculations, and research must be done to either prove or disprove them.Published 13 days ago by Shawn
Most people in this field consider Roger Penrose to be a bit 'off the wall', and perhaps he is, but he writes clearly and powerfully. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Symmetry Breaker
A challenging read for the lay person; but well written, clearly written and expect to get out of it commensurate with what you put into it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by eyemdgross
When I first encountered the book in my college library, I brushed it aside as I had heard of Roger Penrose as a famous theoretical Cosmologist and disingenuousness of him writing... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hari Warrier
The Emperor's New Mind is an interesting take on the concept of Artificial Intelligence. The basic premise is that, contrary to what AI supporters have been insisting for decades,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tartarus
My mind is still spinning.The first third of the book covered Turing machines, non-recursivity in the Mandelbrot set, and non-computability in lambda calculus. Read morePublished 15 months ago by daniel noe