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Defending AI Research:

A Collection of Essays and Reviews

John McCarthy

John McCarthy's influence in computer science ranges from the invention of LISP and time-sharing, to the coining of the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the founding of the AI Laboratory at Stanford University. One of the foremost figures in the field of computer sciences, McCarthy has written several papers which are widely referenced and stand as milestones of development over a wide range of topics. In this collection of reviews, McCarthy staunchly defends the importance of Artificial Intelligence research against its attackers. This book gathers McCarthy's reviews of various works which discuss and criticize the future of AI. Further in these reviews, McCarthy explores the larger questions of the politics behind this research.

John McCarthy is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.


  • Preface
  • 1 An Unreasonable Book
  • 2 Weizenbaum Again—Sermon to Physicists
  • 3 Review of “Artificial Intelligence: A General Survey”
  • 4 Lessons from the Lighthill Flap—20 years after
  • 5 Review of Artificial Intelligence: The Very Idea
  • 6 Review of Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty
  • 7 Review of John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener
  • 8 Review of The Emperor's New Mind
  • 9 Review of Shadows of the Mind
  • 10 Review of The Question of Artificial Intelligence
  • 11 Review of Cognitive Science and Concepts of the Mind
  • 12 Review of Artificial Intelligence: Its Scope and Limits
  • 13 Review of What Computers Still Can' Do
  • 14 Review of Before It's Too Late: A Scientist's Case for Nuclear Energy
  • 15 Petition for Withdrawal of Computing the Future: National Research Council report
  • 16 Review of Weapons of Hope
  • 17 Review of The Fifth Generation—Artificial Intelligence and Japan's Computer Challenge to the World
  • 18 Review of Not in our Genes: Biology, Ideology and Human Nature
  • 19 Review of The Cult of Information


ISBN (Paperback): 157586018X (9781575860183)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575860198 (9781575860190)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575868946 (9781575868943)
Subject: Computer Science; Artificial Intelligence; Research

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