Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence

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Moravec, Hans. "Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence." Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1988.

After bragging (with excellent justification)[1] of the expertise of Hans Moravec as "an internationally renowned roboticist," the Harvard U Press description states that Moravec

convincingly argues that we are approaching a watershed in the history of life — a time when the boundaries between biological and postbiological intelligence will begin to dissolve. Within forty years, Moravec believes, we will achieve human equivalence in our machines, not only in their capacity to reason but also in their ability to perceive, interact with, and change their complex environment. The critical factor is mobility. A computer rooted to one place is doomed to static iterations, whereas a machine on the prowl, like a mobile organism, must evolve a richer fund of knowledge about an ever-changing world upon which to base its actions.[2]

There is a sequel of sorts in Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind.


Cited in R. Farnell's "Attempting Immortality: AI, A-Life, and the Posthuman in Greg Egan's Permutation City".


RDE, completing, 29May19