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Whitman Richards

Whitman Richards is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and is affiliated with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). He has been a member of MIT’s faculty for fifty years, and has authored over 200 publications and presentations.

Titles by This Author

Experiments in Cooperative Cognitive Architecture

In this book, Whitman Richards offers a novel and provocative proposal for understanding decision making and human behavior. Building on Valentino Braitenberg’s famous “vehicles,” Richards describes a collection of mental organisms that he calls “daemons”—virtual correlates of neural modules. Daemons have favored choices and make decisions that control behaviors of the group to which they belong, with each daemon preferring a different outcome. Richards arranges these preferences in graphs, linking similar choices, which thus reinforce each other.