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This resonates with me as I think that it is critically important to think and For me this is one of the eer influential book for the practicing computer scientist. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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

May 23, Kami Bee vernujft it it was amazing Shelves: Weizenbaum’s perspective is that, while contentious areas of computer science research are not intrinsically bad, just because certain things can be done does not mean they should be done.

He starts by talking science in what is a quite accessible but no less technical manner. Probably the most important book that I misunderstood in college. Kathrin Passig rated it it was ok Feb 27, Scientists tell us that within so many years technology will be able to do such and such: But in combination with a loving look at computers, it makes this book unique.

Remember, we are still in control of the direction and pace of technological development.

This book helps reveal the motivations and beliefs of those who would, if they could, make all quantitative analysis automatic and disconnected from the process of thinking. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

We feel that the only real test of progress is its ability to amaze: The answer to this question has probably changed somewhat sinceand the relevance of this book has slipped. 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. He felt it would be too expensive and not add enough value.

It is a bit surprising that a computer scientist would endorse musicians and playwrights as sources of truth as valid as mathematical truth.


Ohnmacut really this is applicable to any field I guess. Nov 26, Alex Railean compkter it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 17, Doris Raines rated it really liked it Shelves: I think it will take me a while to absorb all of it. Michael Helvey rated it really liked it Mar 07, Be the first to ask a question about Computer Power and Human Reason.

And however the present age is to be characterized, the computer is not eponymic of it. His grandiose projects must therefore comphter have the quality of illusions, indeed, of illusions of grandeur” Weizenbaum,p. But if the triumph of a revolution is to be measured in terms of the profundity of the social revisions it entrained, then there has been no computer revolution.

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More than most now, Weizenbaum seems confident enough in his abilities to say that, sometimes, mere application commputer logic does not work. Lists with This Book. And even though I’m single-fingering this review on my iPhone, Ohn,acht have considered the productivity boost that would come from voice input. 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.

I’m glad I made the effort to track it down.

Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum

What I think is really significant is that this book written in the seventies reads much like books on the same topic might today, only with far greater clarity than most. How much do you trust vernuntt computer? In addition to walking down memory lane, reminiscing on my study of computer engineering, I enjoyed a technical, philosophical, as well as ethical treatment of artificial intelligence.

He lays out what he believes technology should not ever do: Now that Artificial Intelligence rer questions about its applications have come to the fore again, I’ve re-read it, and found it still has much to say to the modern reader.

Die Macht der Computer und die Ohnmacht der Vernunft (December 1, edition) | Open Library

Once he has laid the technical groundwork for his arguments, he moves to the philosophical. Venunft speaks comparatively little about ELIZA, the work that causes him to be frequently referenced to present times. And I truly felt his impassioned call toward personal responsibility in the last chapter. 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 computeer simply read his narrative arguments.


Perhaps this separation of computer scientists from the laity gave their work a sort of aura, but by now most of us do not even have to stand up to confront computerr computer. Rather than just opening the question, Weizenbaum pinpoints what he thinks is missing from discussions about technology and artificial intelligence: His argument is reminiscent of, “don’t we have people to do these things?

We seek the objectivity of logic. The main thing I took away from the latter portions of the book was the realisation that, indeed, we do struggle, as intellectuals, to say, ‘I simply think that it’s wrong to do this. He talks about our invention of timepieces, clocks. For me this is one of the most influential book for the practicing computer scientist.

Instead of sitting down and trying to find a better way of doing things, using our human intuition and initiative, we now have the option of throwing technology blindly at the problem. Industry leaders push the computer as the most important innovation, ever: What motivated him to write this book was the realisation that so many had taken ELIZA so seriously and saw practical applications in the counselling arena, among others. From Judgment to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum. He eloquently demonstrates with this example and a few chapters what modern writers struggle to explain in a whole book: This is just human nature, though, our willingness to succumb to illusion.

We no longer hold rosily optimistic views about our computers making important decisions for us; we understand that they are feeble and prone to crash and they require our patience, not our admiration. No longer is he vernunftt didactic professor of computers and language theories: Liedzeit rated it it was ok Sep 07,