VALIANT, L: Probably Approximately Correct: Nature’s Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World

Valiant, Leslie. Probably Approximately Correct: Nature’s Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World. Basic Books, 2013. ISBN: 9780465032716. Unmarked. Unclipped dust jacket.Very Good in very good dust jacket. Hardcover. (#26024) $12.00

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Illustrated. 195p. Index. Glossary. Notes and References. Computer scientist Leslie Valiant draws on his background as a machine learning expert to argue that evolution is a subset of learning processes.

MARCUS, G: The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists

Marcus, Gary; Freeman, Jeremy (editors). The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists. Princeton University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780691173313. Unmarked. Illustrated throughout. Glossary. Index. 284p. Very Good. Paperback. (#25873) $12.00

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Contributors include: Misha Ahrens, Ned Block, Matteo Carandini, George Church, John Donoghue, Chris Eliasmith, Simon Fisher, Mike Hawrylycz, Sean Hill, Christof Koch, Leah Krubitzer, Michel Maharbiz, Kevin Mitchell, Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser, David Poeppel, Krishna Shenoy, Olaf Sporns, Anthony Zador.

ROSE, J: Current Topics in Cybernetics and Systems: Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems

Rose, J. (editor). Current Topics in Cybernetics and Systems: Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems. Amsterdam: Springer-Verlag, 1978. ISBN: 3540089772. Ex-library. No Dust Jacket. Some notes in book. Proceedings of the 21 – 25 August, 1978 conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Acceptable. Hardcover. (#25814) $30.00

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Keynote paper by B.D. Josephson, “A Theoretical Analysis of Higher States of Consciousness and Meditation.” Topics include Computer Privacy, Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Neuro and Bio-Cybernetics and more. Index.

NIJHOLT, A: Computers and Languages: Theory and Practice (Studies in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence)

 Computers and Languages: Theory and Practice (Studies in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence), book coverNijholt, Anton. Computers and Languages: Theory and Practice (Studies in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence). Elsevier Science Ltd, 1988. ISBN: 0444704639. Ex-library. 482p. Index. Good. Hardcover. (#25807) $65.00

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Topics include the birth of computers, the birth of programming languages, artificial intelligence, university research and the military, understanding natural language and more.

TURKLE, S: Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet

Turkle, Sherry. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. Simon & Schuster, 1995. ISBN: 0684803534. Very Good. Hardcover. (#25672) $12.00

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Signed by author to previous owner on title page. Unmarked text. Unclipped dust jacket.

Examines how computers are causing us to reevaluate our identities in the age of the Internet. Describes trends in computer design, in artificial intelligence, and in people’s experiences of virtual environments that confirm a dramatic shift in our notions of self, other, machine, and world. The computer emerges as an object that brings postmodernism down to earth. 347p. Index.

JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES: Vol 2, No 4, 1995

JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES: Vol 2, No 4, 1995, book coverGoguen, J. A. (editor). JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES: Vol 2, No 4, 1995 Journal of Consciousness Studies (Vol 2, No 4, 1995). Imprint Academic, 1995. Unmarked. Good. Paperback. (#25576) $12.00

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Includes “On the Unity of Conscious Experience” by Rodney Cotterhil and a Zombie symposium (Keith Sutherland, Owen Flanagan, Thomas Polger, Daniel C. Dennett, Guven Guzelder, Jaron Lanier, John McCarthy, Selmer Bringsjord, Mary Midgley, Avshalom C. Elitzur, Keith Chandler, David Hodgson, Charles T. Tart, and Todd C. Moody). Conference reports, book reviews, and more. pp.290-383.

MENZEL, P: Robo sapiens Evolution of a New Species

Menzel, Peter; D’Aluisio, Faith. Robo sapiens Evolution of a New Species. The MIT Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780262133821. Unmarked. Beautifully illustrated. Unclipped dust jacket. Very Good in very good dust jacket. Hardcover. (#25390) $16.00

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Accompanying brilliant photographs of more than one hundred robots is an account of the little-known, yet vitally important scientific competition to build an autonomous robot.

Containing extensive interviews with robotics pioneers, anecdotal “field notes” with behind-the-scenes information, and easy-to-understand technical data about the machines. 240p.