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Cambrian Intelligence: The Early History of the New AI (A Bradford Book) Paperback – 27 Aug 1999

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (27 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262522632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262522632
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
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Will we build intelligent robots from the brain down or from the legs up? Rodney A. Brooks, controversial director of MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is betting on the latter--and the smart money's following him. Cambrian Intelligence, comprised of eight papers written between 1985 and 1991, explores the technical and philosophical aspects of behaviour-based robotics and offers much for the interested mind to ponder. Does cognition mediate between perception and action, or is this an illusion? Can a robot be called "intelligent" if it lacks anything we would call a brain? Brooks, simply by asking these questions, launched a new movement in artificial intelligence and these brash, bold papers show how he laid the work for his eventual conquest of Mars with tiny autonomous robots.

Whether you're new to Brooks, know him from his work or saw him in the documentary Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, you'll find much to love in Cambrian Intelligence. The four technical papers do inspire moments of anxiety in non-technical readers but the four philosophical papers are splendidly thought-provoking and even a bit confrontational. (Reviewers have called his work "inflammatory" but Brooks earns this privilege because he's right.) While the work reported here is several years old, it still feels fresh and new to those of us who grew up reading about top-down artificial intelligence as if it were the only and obvious design choice. The next generation of intelligent robots are growing from the bottom up and you can get in on the ground floor with Cambrian Intelligence. --Rob Lightner


Presents Rodney Brooks's initial formulation of and contributions to the development of the behavioural approach to robotics. The text shows the philosophical/technical ideas that put the "bottom-up" approach in the forefront of research in not only Artificial Intelligence but in cognitive science.

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