By Jean-Pierre Dupuy
The conceptual background of cognitive technology continues to be for the main half unwritten. during this groundbreaking ebook, Jean-Pierre Dupuy -- one of many significant architects of cognitive technology in France -- offers a major bankruptcy: the legacy of cybernetics. opposite to well known trust, Dupuy argues, cybernetics represented now not the anthropomorphization of the desktop however the mechanization of the human. The founding fathers of cybernetics -- many of the maximum minds of the 20th century, together with John von Neumann, Norbert Wiener, Warren McCulloch, and Walter Pitts -- meant to build a materialist and mechanistic technology of psychological habit that may give the opportunity ultimately to solve the traditional philosophical challenge of brain and subject. the significance of cybernetics to cognitive technological know-how, Dupuy argues, lies now not in its bold belief of the human brain by way of the functioning of a desktop yet within the manner the strengths and weaknesses of the cybernetics method can remove darkness from controversies that rage today--between cognitivists and connectionists, eliminative materialists and Wittgensteinians, functionalists and anti-reductionists.
Dupuy brings to lifestyles the highbrow pleasure that attended the start of cognitive technology sixty years in the past. He separates the promise of cybernetic rules from the disgruntlement that as cybernetics was once rejected and consigned to highbrow oblivion. The mechanization of the brain has reemerged this present day as an all-encompassing paradigm within the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, info expertise, and cognitive technology. The tensions, contradictions, paradoxes, and confusions Dupuy discerns in cybernetics supply a cautionary story for destiny advancements in cognitive science.
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