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Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs: The Question of Alien Minds

Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs: The Question of Alien Minds

by David McFarland
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Neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy have given us great insights into the workings of the human mind. Yet, when it comes to understanding the 'alien minds' of artificial intelligence or of animals, we take a further leap into the unknown.

Do animals have thoughts and feelings in any way comparable to humans? Can we ever know, or will the answer be forever out of our reach? If robots are given autonomy, should they also be held responsible for their actions? And if so, does that mean they must have minds?

Exploring the meeting point of the philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, robotics, and the science of animal behaviour, Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs shows how many different-and sometimes surprising-conclusions we can draw about 'alien minds'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199219308
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David McFarland is well known for his studies in animal behavior and more recently the broadening of this understanding to "artificial ethology" and robotics. He is the author of a number of books, including Animal Behaviour: Psychobiology, Ethology, and Evolution, and OUP's Companion to Animal Behaviour as well as the OPR Animal Behaviour (2006).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vi
Preface: Traffic Robot     vii
Mindless Machines     1
Design of Animals and Robots     24
Interpreting Behaviour     48
Beyond Automata     73
Mental Possibilities     96
The Feeling of Being     116
The Material Mind     140
Mental Autonomy     170
Epilogue: The Alien Mind     199
Glossary     212
Endnotes     221
Further Reading     245
Index     247

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Easy to read yet sufficiently comprehensive introduction.