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Author May, William D.

Title Edges of reality : mind vs. computer / William D. May.

Published New York : Insight Books, [1996]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  303.4834 MAY    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 335 pages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Scientific Thought - a Quick History -- Ch. 2. Numbers - Large and Small -- Ch. 3. Modeling Reality --Ch. 4. Off the Edge to Infinity -- Ch. 5. Jagged Edges - Limited by Chaos -- Ch. 6. Computers - the Thinking Machines -- Ch. 7. Computer Thought - the Difficult and the Impossible -- Ch. 8. Logic for Computers - Upper Limits on Reasoning -- Ch. 9. Real-World Limits - Mathematics, Programming, and Logic -- Ch. 10. Real-World Limits - Ethics, Law, and Politics -- Ch. 11. Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality -- Ch. 12. Computers Imitating Life --Ch. 13. Free Will - for People Only? -- Ch. 14. Why the Conscious Mind? -- Ch. 15. The Random Edge -Quantum Mysteries -- Ch. 16. Quantum Consciousness and Free Will -- Ch. 17. The Large and the Small -- Ch. 18. The Beginning and the End -- Ch. 19. Reality and Beyond.
Summary Consider now these provocative questions about the "upper limits" of thought for both humans and computers: Can computers be conscious? What are unsolvable problems, quantum mysteries, and cosmological inquiries? Will we eventually be replaced by automatons with superintelligent computers for brains? Is there a unique mental ability that humans have that computers can never possess? These awesome, complex ideas can be overwhelming when stated in terms of equations, formulas, and mathematical theorems.
Edges of Reality: Mind vs. Computer articulates the theories surrounding these questions in a lucid, easy-to-understand way that emphasizes clarity of language, and utilizes concise examples and pertinent illustrations. This book allows the reader to actually understand these ideas, not simply read about them!
Subject Computers and civilization.
Artificial intelligence.
ISBN 0306452723