Bots and Beasts Book

Bots and Beasts

  • Author : Paul Thagard
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-19
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262045940

Bots and Beasts Excerpt :

An expert on mind considers how animals and smart machines measure up to human intelligence. Octopuses can open jars to get food, and chimpanzees can plan for the future. An IBM computer named Watson won on Jeopardy! and Alexa knows our favorite songs. But do animals and smart machines really have intelligence comparable to that of humans? In Bots and Beasts, Paul Thagard looks at how computers ("bots") and animals measure up to the minds of people, offering the first systematic comparison of intelligence across machines, animals, and humans. Thagard explains that human intelligence is more than IQ and encompasses such features as problem solving, decision making, and creativity. He uses a checklist of twenty characteristics of human intelligence to evaluate the smartest machines--including Watson, AlphaZero, virtual assistants, and self-driving cars--and the most intelligent animals--including octopuses, dogs, dolphins, bees, and chimpanzees. Neither a romantic enthusiast for nonhuman intelligence nor a skeptical killjoy, Thagard offers a clear assessment. He discusses hotly debated issues about animal intelligence concerning bacterial consciousness, fish pain, and dog jealousy. He evaluates the plausibility of achieving human-level artificial intelligence and considers ethical and policy issues. A full appreciation of human minds reveals that current bots and beasts fall far short of human capabilities.

Twitterbots Book
Score: 2
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  • Author : Tony Veale
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2018-09-11
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262037907

Twitterbots Excerpt :

The world of Twitterbots, from botdom's greatest hits to bot construction to the place of the bot in the social media universe. Twitter offers a unique medium for creativity and curiosity for humans and machines. The tweets of Twitterbots, autonomous software systems that send messages of their own composition into the Twittersphere, mingle with the tweets of human creators; the next person to follow you on Twitter or to “like” your tweets may not a person at all. The next generator of content that you follow on Twitter may also be a bot. This book examines the world of Twitterbots, from botdom's greatest hits to the hows and whys of bot-building to the place of bots in the social media landscape. In Twitterbots, Tony Veale and Mike Cook examine not only the technical challenges of bending the affordances of Twitter to the implementation of your own Twitterbots but also the greater knowledge-engineering challenge of building bots that can craft witty, provocative, and concise outputs of their own. Veale and Cook offer a guided tour of some of Twitter's most notable bots, from the deadpan @big_ben_clock, which tweets a series of BONGs every hour to mark the time, to the delightful @pentametron, which finds and pairs tweets that can be read in iambic pentameter, to the disaster of Microsoft's @TayAndYou (which “learned” conspiracy theories, racism, and extreme politics from other tweets). They explain how to navigate Twitter's software interfaces to program your own Twitterbots in Java, keeping the technical details to a minimum and focusing on the creative implications of bots and their generative worlds. Every Twitterbot, they argue, is a thought experiment given digital form; each embodies a hypothesis about the nature of meaning making and creativity that encourages its followers to become willing test subjects and eager consumers of automated creation. Some bots are as malevolent as their authors. Like the bot in this book by Veale & Cook that uses your i

Boy and Bot Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

Boy and Bot

  • Author : Ame Dyckman
  • Publisher : Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375867569

Boy and Bot Excerpt :

A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.

Transformers Botbots Official Sticker Book  Transformers Botbots  Book

Transformers Botbots Official Sticker Book Transformers Botbots

  • Author : Random House
  • Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593125571

Transformers Botbots Official Sticker Book Transformers Botbots Excerpt :

An Official Sticker Book based on the popular TRANSFORMERS BOTBOTS collectible toy line! When ENERGON hits the mall, all the things inside become more than meets the eye! Candy treats, sports equipment, electronics, food, school supplies, and more come to life as little TRANSFORMERS robots--the BOTBOTS! This Official Sticker Book contains everything you need to know about 11 different BOTBOTS tribes and 123 different BOTBOTS--plus more than 500 stickers!!! This book is a must-have for 6 to 9 year old fans and collectors of the TRANSFORMERS BOTBOTS toys!

Hot Thought Book

Hot Thought

  • Author : Paul Thagard
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262701242

Hot Thought Excerpt :

A description of mental mechanisms that explain how emotions influence thought, from everyday decision making to scientific discovery and religious belief, and an analysis of when emotion can contribute to good reasoning.

Lost Bots   Transformers Botbots  Book

Lost Bots Transformers Botbots

  • Author : Lauren Clauss
  • Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593173008

Lost Bots Transformers Botbots Excerpt :

"The lost bots are on a quest through the mall. Will they find the tribes that they belong to?"--Page 4 of cover.

Lord of the Flies Book
Score: 3.5
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Lord of the Flies

  • Author : William Golding
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2012-09-20
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571290581

Lord of the Flies Excerpt :

A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance. First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics. Now fully revised and updated, this educational edition includes chapter summaries, comprehension questions, discussion points, classroom activities, a biographical profile of Golding, historical context relevant to the novel and an essay on Lord of the Flies by William Golding entitled 'Fable'. Aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students, it also includes a section on literary theory for advanced or A-level students. The educational edition encourages original and independent thinking while guiding the student through the text - ideal for use in the classroom and at home.

Mind Readings Book
Score: 4
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Mind Readings

  • Author : Paul Thagard
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 1998-04-09
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 356
  • ISBN 10 : 0262700670

Mind Readings Excerpt :

Mind Readings is a collection of accessible readings on some of the most important topics in cognitive science. Although anyone interested in the interdisciplinary study of mind will find the selections well worth reading, they work particularly well with Paul Thagard's textbook Mind: An Introduction Cognitive Science, and provide further discussion on the major topics discussed in that book. The first eight chapters present approaches to cognitive science from the perspective that thinking consists of computational procedures on mental representations. The remaining five chapters discuss challenges to the computational-representational understanding of mind. Contributors John R. Anderson, Ruth M.J. Byrne, E.H. Durfee, Chris Eliasmith, Owen Flanagan, Dedre Gentner, Janice Glasgow, Philip N. Johnson-Laird, Alan Mackworth, Arthur B. Markman, Douglas L. Medin, Keith Oatley, Dimitri Papadias, Steven Pinker, David E. Rumelhart, Herbert A. Simon.

Built for Speed  A Branches Book  Layla and the Bots  2  Book

Built for Speed A Branches Book Layla and the Bots 2

  • Author : Vicky Fang
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2020-08-04
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN 10 : 9781338582956

Built for Speed A Branches Book Layla and the Bots 2 Excerpt :

Ready, set, go! Layla and the Bots are heading to the races!

Computational Philosophy of Science Book

Computational Philosophy of Science

  • Author : Paul Thagard
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 0262700484

Computational Philosophy of Science Excerpt :

By applying research in artificial intelligence to problems in the philosophy of science, Paul Thagard develops an exciting new approach to the study of scientific reasoning. This approach uses computational ideas to shed light on how scientific theories are discovered, evaluated, and used in explanations. Thagard describes a detailed computational model of problem solving and discovery that provides a conceptually rich yet rigorous alternative to accounts of scientific knowledge based on formal logic, and he uses it to illuminate such topics as the nature of concepts, hypothesis formation, analogy, and theory justification.

The Cognitive Science of Science Book

The Cognitive Science of Science

  • Author : Paul Thagard
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2014-01-10
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 378
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262525985

The Cognitive Science of Science Excerpt :

A cognitive science perspective on scientific development, drawing on philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and computational modeling. Many disciplines, including philosophy, history, and sociology, have attempted to make sense of how science works. In this book, Paul Thagard examines scientific development from the interdisciplinary perspective of cognitive science. Cognitive science combines insights from researchers in many fields: philosophers analyze historical cases, psychologists carry out behavioral experiments, neuroscientists perform brain scans, and computer modelers write programs that simulate thought processes. Thagard develops cognitive perspectives on the nature of explanation, mental models, theory choice, and resistance to scientific change, considering disbelief in climate change as a case study. He presents a series of studies that describe the psychological and neural processes that have led to breakthroughs in science, medicine, and technology. He shows how discoveries of new theories and explanations lead to conceptual change, with examples from biology, psychology, and medicine. Finally, he shows how the cognitive science of science can integrate descriptive and normative concerns; and he considers the neural underpinnings of certain scientific concepts.

How to Build a Brain Book

How to Build a Brain

  • Author : Chris Eliasmith
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-04-16
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199794690

How to Build a Brain Excerpt :

How to Build a Brain provides a detailed exploration of a new cognitive architecture - the Semantic Pointer Architecture - that takes biological detail seriously, while addressing cognitive phenomena. Topics ranging from semantics and syntax, to neural coding and spike-timing-dependent plasticity are integrated to develop the world's largest functional brain model.

I Forced a Bot to Write This Book Book

I Forced a Bot to Write This Book

  • Author : Keaton Patti
  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524868390

I Forced a Bot to Write This Book Excerpt :

Humorist Keaton Patti "forced a bot" to digest massive amounts of human media to produce these absurdly funny, “totally real,” “bot-generated” scripts, essays, advertisements, and more. Ever wonder what an AI bot might come up with if tasked with creative writing? From Olive Garden commercials to White House press briefings to Game of Thrones scripts, writer and comedian Keaton Patti’s “bot” recognizes and heightens the tropes of whatever it’s reproducing to hilarious effect. Each “bot-generated” piece can be enjoyed as surrealist commentary on the media we consume every day or simply as silly robot jokes—either way, you’ll probably end up laughing.

Talking to Robots Book

Talking to Robots

  • Author : David Ewing Duncan
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2019-07-16
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472142894

Talking to Robots Excerpt :

One of Time magazine's '32 Books You Need to Read This Summer' -- 'a riveting read'. 'Intensely readable, downright terrifying, and surprisingly uplifting.' Vanity Fair 'A fascinating work of imaginative futurology, a science journalist takes a look at our current technologies and anticipates the human-robot future that could await us - one full of warrior bots, politician bots, doctor bots and sex bots.' One of Barbara VanDenburgh's '5 Books Not to Miss', USA Today One of the best summer reads of 2019, according to top authors David Baldacci and Elizabeth Acevedo on USA Today's Today programme. 'A refreshing variation on the will-intelligent-robots-bring-Armageddon genre . . . this colorful mixture of expert futurology and quirky speculation does not disappoint' Kirkus Reviews What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us, their creators? Will they usher in a fantastic new future, or destroy us? What do some of our greatest thinkers, from physicist Brian Greene and futurist Kevin Kelly to inventor Dean Kamen, geneticist George Church and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, anticipate for our human-robot future? For even as robots and AI intrigue us and make us anxious about the future, our fascination with robots has always been about more than the potential of the technology - it also concerns what robots tell us about being human. From present-day Facebook and Amazon bots to near-future 'intimacy' bots and 'the robot that swiped my job' bots, bestselling American popular science writer David Ewing Duncan's Talking to Robots is a wonderfully entertaining and insightful guide to possible future scenarios about robots, both real and imagined. Featured bots include robot drivers; doc bots; politician bots; warrior bots; sex bots; synthetic bio bots; dystopic bots that are hopefully just bad dreams; and ultimately, God Bot (as described by physicist Brian Greene). These scenarios are informed by discussions with well-known thinkers,

Better Times   Facet II Book

Better Times Facet II

  • Author : Gary B. Boyd
  • Publisher : Author House
  • Release Date : 2014-06-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 356
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496915887

Better Times Facet II Excerpt :

From 32nd Century Wyoming, Spavin Lawson led a group of one-thousand refugees from the bunker that housed Resurgent City in a search for better times. The 22nd Century Government bunker had exceeded the design specifications of its creators thanks to the leadership of its first elected Mayor. A small city had expanded and prospered inside the mountain. The original population of less than two hundred souls had grown into nearly five-thousand. Unfortunately, the ancient nuclear power plant that provided the people the power to survive had leaked radiation for generations. The net effect of the radiation and the cave environment had altered the population. The people had developed genetic albinism with eyes well suited to the dimly lit cave city. Small in stature yet curious and adaptive, the Tribe followed the tall, dark-haired man and his wife without question. The outside world was foreign and frightening but within days, the people realized that The Judges of Resurgent City had held them in a grasp of religious fervor not based on factuality or reality. The journey they embarked upon was destined to lead them to the coast of Texas. Spavin Lawson, physicist by training, believed the coast would provide better opportunities for the otherwise doomed population. He reckoned that South Texas? coast would allow the petite, pale people to re-establish the human race on Earth. That location was further from the immediate geological and environmental effects of the Yellowstone super volcano eruption that had induced a global deep freeze ten centuries earlier. His greatest concerns for Humankind were the long term effects of the high radiation exposures and the lack of genetic diversity.