xiii, 565 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 521-539) and index.
A platonic dialogue on the nature of human thought / Raymond Kurzweil -- The age of intelligent people / Margaret Litvin -- Can machines think? / Daniel C. Dennett -- Can computers think? / Mitchell Waldrop -- Growing up in the age of intelligent machines : reconstructions of the psychological and reconsiderations of the human / Sherry Turkle -- A conversation between a human computer and a materialist philosopher / Blaine Mathieu -- ELIZA passes the Turing test / Seymour Papert -- A coffeehouse conversation on the Turing test / Douglas R. Hofstadter -- A nor B : the basis of intelligence? / Raymond Kurzweil -- Thoughts about artificial intelligence / Marvin Minsky -- A personal postscript / Raymond Kurzweil -- Knowledge processing : from file servers to knowledge servers / Edward A. Feigenbaum.
Discusses the scientific potential represented by intelligent machines and their social implications.