- Series: Inside Technology
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: MIT Press (November 13, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262531151
- ISBN-13: 978-0262531153
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Collins is a master of the new sociology of science, which watches science as it actually works. Artificial Experts is his masterpiece. Witty, readable, and wise, it introduces the fields of artificial intelligence and the sociology of science to each other and to the outsider. It shows what we do with tools and what they do to us.―Donald McCloskey, Author of If You're So Smart: The Narrative of Economic Expertise, Professor of Economics and of History, University of Iowa (Endorsement)
This work significantly advances the debate over machine versus human intelligence. It puts a new twist on the old question of what computers can't do, by asking instead how it is that they are able to do those things that they can do. The answer according to Collins is that intelligent machines work in virtue of their use by socialized human beings.―Dr. Lucy Suchman, System Sciences Labratory, Xerox Palo Alto Reaearch Center (Endorsement)
One of Collin's main contributions to the sociology of scientific knowledge is to stress (following Wittengenstein, Winch, Polyani et al.) the tacit element in scientific knowledge and technical skill, and to draw out the implications of this insight. It is an invaluable and powerful point, with wide-ranging ramifications.―David Edge, Director, Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh (Endorsement)
This book is intended for AI researchers and practitioners as well as sociologists... H. M. Collins makes his case without the polemical excesses of Hubert Dreyfus or John Searle. Unlike them, he seems to have genuinely attempted an experiment in knowledge engineering.―Kamesh Ramakrishna, IEEE Expert (Endorsement)
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I disagree. If I was alone in that room with a physics experiment I believe my knowledge may have increased a great deal in a day!
Also, it occurs to me that the explosion of everything related to "social media" is a contribution that computers make to society, a contribution from their "social intelligence."
Collins also states that "it is induction that we can do and that machines cannot." (page 132) I would think that the various "invention machine" experiments show that this is false. (including my own published work)