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Knowing Your Mind


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If scientists could understand the human mind, could they use artificial intelligence to create computers that look and act like humans?

In this book, Knowing Your Mind, Richard Lonsdale writes about how scientists and their research of the human brain may be able to create high-functioning computers in the likeliness of humans‚ÄĒone day. ¬†Computers are useful in solving many problems. For example, a calculator can compute equations faster than the human brain. Computers serve humans via input and output. However, what about humans?

The author uses the illustration of training a baby. Computers and babies require programming. However, metaphorically, are they comparable machines?

Babies have brains. The human brain is an organ that processes information or thoughts and it has feelings. Will scientists be able to replicate the brain and produce a machine in the likeliness of humans using artificial intelligence?

The author takes note of the natural world. According to him, some people believe that God created it and some do not. Whatever the case, scientists study the natural world, and people make things in its image. For example, a bird flies and a plane flies, but the only thing they have in common is flying. The plane lacks consciousness.  

Knowing Your Mind is speculative and philosophical. It has three parts and eleven chapters and is replete with laborious scientific and computer language. There is a book for everyone, and this one may be for you.

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About the author

Richard Lonsdale (M.A. Oxon, PhD.) is a scientist, who developed computational fluid dynamics software and managed major IT programmes. Now retired, he is a visiting researcher in computational neuroscience, at the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University of Oxford. view profile

Published on April 13, 2020

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Genre: Philosophy

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