Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group Message Board › New Meetup: Little Canada Book Club - "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins
Saint Paul, MN
Announcing a new Meetup for Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group!
What: Little Canada Book Club - "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins
When: Saturday, May 7, 2011 1:00 PM
Where: Caribou Coffee
3354 Rice St
Little Canada, MN 55126
For our May meeting we will be discussing the book "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins.
Please note: We are meeting on Saturday this month, instead of our normal Sunday (to avoid meeting on Mother's Day).
Jeff Hawkins, the high-tech success story behind PalmPilots and the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, does a lot of thinking about thinking. In On Intelligence Hawkins juxtaposes his two loves--computers and brains--to examine the real future of artificial intelligence. In doing so, he unites two fields of study that have been moving uneasily toward one another for at least two decades. Most people think that computers are getting smarter, and that maybe someday, they'll be as smart as we humans are. But Hawkins explains why the way we build computers today won't take us down that path. He shows, using nicely accessible examples, that our brains are memory-driven systems that use our five senses and our perception of time, space, and consciousness in a way that's totally unlike the relatively simple structures of even the most complex computer chip. Readers who gobbled up Ray Kurzweil's The Age of Spiritual Machines and Steven Johnson's Mind Wide Open will find more intriguing food for thought here. Hawkins does a good job of outlining current brain research for a general audience, and his enthusiasm for brains is surprisingly contagious. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
We will also be choosing books for future meetings, so if you have any suggestions please post them or bring them to the meeting.
Our book for June is "The Riddle of Gender" by Deborah Rudacille.
Check it out!