Douglas Hofstadter, best known for his masterpiece Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, tackles the subject of artificial intelligence and machine learning in his thought-provoking work Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, written in conjunction with the Fluid Analogies Research Group at the University of Michigan. Driven to discover whether computers can be made to "think" like humans, Hofstadter and his colleagues created a variety of computer programs that extrapolate sequences, apply pattern-matching strategies, make analogies, and even act "creative." As always, Hofstadter's work requires devotion on the part of the reader, but rewards him with fascinating insights into the nature of both human and machine intelligence.
Douglas R. Hofstadter is College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prizewinning Gödel, Escher, Bach ; Metamagical Themas, The Mind's I, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, Le Ton Beau de Marot, and Eugene Onegin.
This book is, as others have commented, different from DH's other more entertaining books.
It is a serious attempt to discuss the real issues and difficulties with AI... Read more
For those who are familiar with Hofstadter's style in Godel Escher Bach, as well as Matamagical Themas, this might be a shock. Read morePublished on July 22 1999
Having really liked Godel, Escher, Bach, I bought this book. I'm amazed I actually read the whole thing. Read morePublished on July 4 1997