A Psychologist's Guide to Artificial Intelligence

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 708–709. Reviews the book, Artificial Intelligence and Natural Man by Margaret A. Boden (1977). Boden wishes to develop a feeling in the reader for programs and what they can do; to cover computer program models in areas ranging from personality and social psychology to language, perception, learning, and problem solving; and finally, to provide an analysis of the relevance of artificial intelligence research to the psychological, societal, and philosophical understanding of humankind. Alternately, the author may choose to organize in terms of basic concepts rather than programs. This tack probably would accord best with the interests of many of the readers for whom this book is meant, but risks making the individual programs seem like bit actors in a bad play, constantly popping in and out without ever having a chance to develop overall coherence and comprehensibility. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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