Siri, Who Is Terry Winograd?

Lawrence M. Fisher, Strategy+Business, Jan 10, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article contains all kinds of goodness as it profiles Terry Winograd, one of the pioneers of human-computer interaction (though I wonder how many people in HCI have even heard of him). Winograd's story is intertwined with the history of philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence (AI) as at MIT he is taught by and interacts with the likes of Marvin Minsky, Hubert Dreyfus and John Searle. Then there's a stint a Xerox PARC. Then at Stanford a student named Larry Page had the good fortune to have him as an advisor. Winograd himself marks the transition from the belief that AI is based on symbolic representations of the world to the belief that AI is based on "bringing forth of the world through the process of living itself.” (All this, as an aside, is also much of the philosophical basis for connectivism.) Don't miss this article.

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