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Paperback | $33.00 Short | £22.95 | ISBN: 9780262531153| 6 x 9 in | November 1992
 

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Artificial Experts

Social Knowledge and Intelligent Machines

Overview

In Artificial Experts, Collins explains what computers can't do, but he also studies the ordinary and extraordinary things that they can do. He argues that the machines we create are limited because we cannot reproduce in symbols what every community knows, yet we give our machines abilities by the way we embed them in our society. He unfolds a compelling account of the difference between human action and machine intelligence, the core of which is a witty and learned explanation of knowledge itself, of what communities know and the ways in which they know it.

Reviews

"Over the past fifteen years, Harry Collins has been in the forefront of a handful of mostly British sociologists who are revolutionizing our understanding of science by taking seriously a commonplace suggestion, namely, that science should be studied just like any other social phenomenon.", Steve Fuller, Times Literary Supplement

"Over the past fifteen years, Harry Collins has been in the forefront of a handful of mostly British sociologists who are revolutionizing our understanding of science by taking seriously a commonplace suggestion, namely, that science should be studied just like any other social phenomenon.", Steve Fuller, Times Literary Supplement

"H. M. Collins makes his case without the polemical excesses of Hubert Dreyfus or John Searle. Unlike them, he seems to have genuinely attempted an experiment in knowledge engineering.", Kamesh Ramakrishna,

"This book is intended for AI researchers and practitioners as well as sociologists... H. M. Collins makes his case without the polemical excesses of Hubert Dreyfus or John Searle. Unlike them, he seems to have genuinely attempted an experiment in knowledge engineering.", Kamesh Ramakrishna, IEEE Expert

Endorsements

"Over the past fifteen years, Harry Collins has been in the forefront of a handful of mostly British sociologists who are revolutionizing our understanding of science by taking seriously a commonplace suggestion, namely, that science should be studied just like any other social phenomenon."
Steve Fuller, Times Literary Supplement

"This book is intended for AI researchers and practitioners as well as sociologists... H. M. Collins makes his case without the polemical excesses of Hubert Dreyfus or John Searle. Unlike them, he seems to have genuinely attempted an experiment in knowledge engineering."
Kamesh Ramakrishna, IEEE Expert