Edward Ihnatowicz Quotes
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I am not really suggesting that we should construct cybernetic cigarette boxes, merely that the situation described contains all the elements which would have to be taken into account in a design of a practical cognitive system. These can be described as: The actual physical system (the box), whose construction is such that conditions hazardous to it can be identified; A disordered and changing environment containing such hazards; A motor ability capable of removing the system from the vicinity of danger; Means of perceiving these aspects of the environment, capable of signalling the danger in advance, A brain or a mechanism for deciding what to do on the basis of the perceived information.
The idea of making machines that think has an unfailing fascination, not only for science fiction readers, but for all who can see it is a possible way of gaining some understanding of the working of our own minds. Thinking, however, is not an easily defined phenomenon, although it is often considered to be the process of solving problems.