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The Human Intelligence Enterprise: 2017

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Minsky, Part IV

WRT: 55 min

Minsky, Part V

WRT: 45 min


If you discuss the paper or the assignment with another student—which we encourage—indicate whom you have talked with in your submitted composition. Of course your submitted composition must be written entirely by you.

On a total of one side of one sheet of paper, using 10 pt type or larger, with standard interline spacing and margins, respond to all the following:

The editors of Mind, a philosophy journal, have noted the recent interest in AI. Having published Turing's paper 67 years ago, they have decided their readers could use an update, so they have started running a series of Op Ed articles reviewing the work of Minsky, McCarthy, and Newell and Simon, all widely considered to be the founders of AI.

They have asked you to write the article dedicated to Minsky's work.

With final's coming up, you decide to focus your piece on Part IV and Part V of Minsky's Emotion Machine.

Arranged according to your own choice, you will:

Title your article Minsky and X, where X is a single word, but not emotion.

In your article, attribute to Minsky at least one memorable slogan, at least one memorable salient, and at least one memorable surprise.