- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (March 22, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465024750
- ISBN-13: 978-0465024759
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought 1st Edition
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Douglas Hofstadter, best known for his masterpiece Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, tackles the subject of artificial intelligence and machine learning in his thought-provoking work Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, written in conjunction with the Fluid Analogies Research Group at the University of Michigan. Driven to discover whether computers can be made to "think" like humans, Hofstadter and his colleagues created a variety of computer programs that extrapolate sequences, apply pattern-matching strategies, make analogies, and even act "creative." As always, Hofstadter's work requires devotion on the part of the reader, but rewards him with fascinating insights into the nature of both human and machine intelligence.
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It's great fun reading the book and following the train of thoughts is enjoyable and simple enough ... at least for somebody with a basic understanding in maths and maybe some AI knowledge. So if you started to read Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid but never finished it, this is a much easier and more pragmatic read than Hofstaedter's more generic book.
It is a serious attempt to discuss the real issues and difficulties with AI research. There is a lot of quite dry material and in places it is repetitive.
It provides terrific insight into the problem of imitating human thinking at a deep level, and I found it very rewarding. It was also very interesting to follow the threads of how he went about doing research, and what he thought of other AI research.
His views of various flavours of AI research were very instructive and inightful I thought.
In summary a good book, but this is not (high quality) brain candy like Godel Escher Bach etc.
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I read this excellent book several years ago, and found a battered copy in the stacks while browsing. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidRead more