Talking Nets

Talking Nets An Oral History of Neural Networks

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Publisher's Synopsis

Since World War II, a group of scientists has been attempting to understand the human nervous system and to build computer systems that emulate the brain's abilities. Many of the early workers in this field of neural networks came from cybernetics; others came from neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, psychology, even economics. In this collection of interviews, those who helped to shape the field share their childhood memoires, their influences, how they became interested in neural networks, and what they see as its future.;The subjects tell stories that have been told, referred to, whispered about, and imagined throughout the history of the field. Together, the interviews form a Rashomon-like web of reality. Some of the mythic people responsible for the foundations of modern brain theory and cybernetics, such as Norbert Wiener, Warren McCulloch and Frank Rosenblatt, appear prominently in the recollections. The interviewees agree about some things and disagree about more. Together, they tell the story of how science is actually done, including the false starts, and the Darwinian struggle for jobs, resources and reputation. Although some of the interviews contain technical material, there is no actual mathematics in the book.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262011679
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 006.320922
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 434
Weight: 1180g
Height: 252mm
Width: 178mm
Spine width: 25mm