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Selmer Bringsjord, What Robots Can and Can't Be, Studies in Cognitive Systems



such as they are (see below). Bringsjord's "provocative review of the foundations of artificial intelligence" gives an "accessible and useful" account "of many of the disputes swirling about the foundations of AI" (Korb 1995, 1). Even the most negative Psycoloquy review praises Robots's "clarity of argumentation" and finds it "refreshing to see philosophy presented in a clear enough fashion that it is possible quickly and easily to establish where there is an argument and how to evaluate it" (Mulhauser 1995, 31). Nevertheless . . . for all the book's admirable qualities, like Gregory Mulhauser, "I find the arguments themselves unsatisfying" (Mulhauser 1995, 31). Robots fascinates despite ­ indeed, partly because of ­ "[p]roblem(s) . . . at the foundation" (Scholl 1994, 8). Robots's reworkings of familiar anti-AI arguments unwittingly spotlight problems endemic to these arguments. The unwittingness, furthermore, seems rooted in presuppositions widely shared by parties to these discussions on both sides. I return to these matters, in brief, below. Minds and Machines 7: 433­438, 1997. 434 1. Overview Chapter I, "Introduction", outlines the argumentative strategy of the book. Bringsjord identifies his target as the Person Building Project (PBP ) or the thesis that "Cognitive Engineers will succeed



Minds and MachinesSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 1, 1997

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008299801507

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