For some artificial intelligence researchers, Minsky's book is too far removed from hard science to be useful. For others, the high-level approach of The Society of Mind
makes it a gold mine of ideas waiting to be implemented. The author, one of the undisputed fathers of the discipline of AI, sets out to provide an abstract model of how the human mind really works. His thesis is that our minds consist of a huge aggregation of tiny mini-minds or agents that have evolved to perform highly specific tasks. Most of these agents lack the attributes we think of as intelligence and are severely limited in their ability to intercommunicate. Yet rational thought, feeling, and purposeful action result from the interaction of these basic components. Minsky's theory does not suggest a specific implementation for building intelligent machines. Still, this book may prove to be one of the most influential for the future of AI.
Issac Asimov Information Week
270 brilliantly original essays on...how the mind works.
Douglas Hofstadter author of Gödel, Escher, Bach
and Metamagical Themas
A stunning collage of staccato images, filled to the brim with witty insights and telling aphorisms.The New York Times Book Review
INGENIOUS...STIMULATING...crisp, packed with quips, aphorisms and homely illustrations. A pleasure to read...It will make you think. And that's what brains are for.
Michael Crichton author to The Andromeda Strain
PROVOCATIVE, DELIGHTFUL, CHALLENGING, a rich, funny and altogether fascinating book.
Martin Gardner The Boston Sunday Globe
SPARKLING WITH JOKES and apt quotations...and rich insights.
Gene Roddenberry creator of Star Trek
A REMARKABLE BOOK....I am grateful that Marvin Minsky was my tour guide on this journey in the realms of my own consciousness.San Jose Mercury News
SCATTERED WITH GEMS....Liable to be influential far beyond the narrow researches of artificial intelligence.
Professor Guy Cellerier Genetic Artificial Intelligence and Epistemics Laboratory, University of Geneva A PROFOUND AND FASCINATING BOOK that lays down the foundations for the solution of one of the last great problems of modern science....Marks a new era.