The Age of Intelligent Machines

Raymond Kurzweil

“Winner, 1990 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc., Computer Science category.

Raymond Kurzweil, a computer scientist and inventor explores the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence in The Age of Intelligent Machines. He starts with the philosophical and mathematical foundations of the field and moves on to tantalizing hints of machines of the twenty-first century with superior intelligence and truly prodigious speed and memory. This book provides the background necessary for a thorough understanding of the enormous scientific potential of intelligent machines and their equally profound philosophical, economic, and social implications. It is generously illustrated and simple to understand for nonspecialists.

The 23 articles that follow Kurzweil’s historical and scientific narrative focus on current problems with artificial intelligence.

The Kurzweil Reading Machine subsidiary of Xerox was founded by Raymond Kurzweil, who also serves as its chairman. In addition to other key developments in artificial intelligence technology, he was the primary developer of the first print-to-speech reading device for the blind.

Charles Ames’ articles. Judith A. Boden. David Cohen Dennett, Daniel C. Feigenbaum, Edward A. A. K. Fuchi Gilder, George. Robert Douglas Hofstadter David Lebowitz. Elizabeth Litven. Mathieu, Blaine Minsky, Marvin. ANeil Newell Michael Oakley. Severin Papert Jeremy Pepper Christopher Owens and Roger Schank. Judith Turkle Andrew Waldrop.”