How to Build a Mind : Dreams and Diaries
Imagine a banana. What colour is it? Yellow, of course. Now try to form a picture of one that doesn't exist, that can't exist: a blue banana with red spots. Imagine that. How did you do? If you found it hard, perhaps you ought to know that Igor Aleksander has a machine which can do that easily. When he asks it (in words) to produce an image of 'banana' that is 'blue with red spots', the image swims on to the screen in seconds. The idea of such a conscious machine seems absurd and almost heretical, and its advocates are often accused of sensationalism, arrogance or philosophical ignorance. Part of the problem is that consciousness remains ill-defined: many people argue that it will always lie beyond the remit of science, in the realm of philosophical speculation. Igor Aleksander now attempts to unravel these arguments dispassionately for a general audience and provide a rigorous definition of consciousness.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 130 x 198mm | 212g
- 03 May 2001
- Orion Publishing Co
- Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
About Igor Aleksander
Igor Aleksander has been studying intelligent systems for more than thirty years. He has published 10 books and over 200 scientific papers on the subject and leads a 20-strong research team. He is currently Gabor Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of Intelligent and Interactive Systems at Imperial College in London.