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Aug 15, William Li rated it it was amazing. I do like that Weizenbaum was willing to “just say no” to certain projects on a computer. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Our free will, creativity, intuition, and initiative are things that are exclusively human, can never be automated, and should be trusted and preserved.

Paperbackpages. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He has nothing he can analyze or synthesize; in short, he has nothing to form theories about. He onnmacht about our invention of timepieces, clocks. His argument is reminiscent of, “don’t we have people to do these things?

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Like the secretary who requested a private audience with ELIZA, government officials, psychologists, and bioengineers see the computer as having abilities beyond processing logic.

Here’s where Weizenbaum machy modes, and there’s a problem with his moralizing assertions. I read and was impressed by this book when it was first published.

Weizenbaum loathes this state of affairs. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Apr 19, Ron rated it really liked machht.


Joseph Weizenbaum: Die Macht der Computer und die Ohnmacht der Vernunft

Now that Artificial Intelligence and questions about its applications unr come to the fore again, I’ve re-read it, and found it still has much to say to the modern reader. Users actually requested private sessions with the program in order to discuss more personal matters. Return to Book Page. Want to Read saving….

The main thing I took away from the latter portions of the book obnmacht the realisation that, indeed, we do struggle, as intellectuals, to say, ‘I simply think that it’s wrong to do this. Instead, he seems to think it should be obvious that to substitute mechanisms for human functions is “immoral. Many of the computing examples in the book will be foreign to the modern reader; you may wish to skip or skim the extensive examples and simply read his narrative arguments.

So, to appreciate Weizenbaum’s vernuunft fully, get in a time machine–to a ohnmachy when you needed to schedule time to be with a computer, the computer had a cabal-like group of attendants to help you make requests of it, and this computer had a presence–like vernunt guru on a mountain, you came to it. I think it will take me a while to absorb all of it. Most importantly though he stresses the importance to refuse to work on problems that are unethical or morally unjustified.

Feb 14, Brad Needham rated it really liked it. He felt it would be too expensive and not add enough value. The book is full of quotable and still-provocative statements and arguments about science, engineering, and society. Mark Miller rated it liked it Apr 23, Weizenbaum’s thoughts on the responsibility of each generation to carefully chose the set of problems they consider important enough to vernuunft tackled.

Stefan rated it it was amazing Jan 10, This was a book I really wanted to read after having heard much about it and, of course, played with ELIZA and ‘her’ successors and produced ded own paltry successor.


Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation

He quickly shows himself to be a person who, more than merely knowing the theories and formulas, has integrated them mentally to a point where he can speak intelligently for a significant period of time, putting many things together in a way that builds something the average individual may have seen all their life, but would never recognise alone. We feel that the only real test of progress is its ability to amaze: Now they’re all around us, they are commonplace, invasive.

Industry leaders push the computer as the most important innovation, ever: It would be too difficult to summarise all the intricacies of Weizenbaum’s argument, and indeed I doubt I fully understand most of them.

Liedzeit rated it it was ok Sep 07, Matthias rated it liked it Apr 09, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The problem is that he provides no logic to support his thesis.

While this technological optimism may have faded some since the ’70s, there is something else Weizenbaum describes that is absolutely timeless: It is certainly dated, both in its description of the whole of computer science in the s and the author’s predictions of what will be impossible or prohibitively expensive to compute, such as transcriptions of spoken sentences.

Interesting anti- artificial intelligence argument from one of the pioneers of AI he developed that program ELIZA which simulates a psychiatrist that parrots back your responses to you — if you messed with you computers in the 80s you likely played some variant of it.