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The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics
The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics

One of the enduring concerns of moral philosophy is deciding who or what is deserving of ethical consideration. Much recent attention has been devoted to the "animal question" -- consideration of the moral status of nonhuman animals. In this book, David Gunkel takes up the "machine question": whether and to what extent...

Biometric Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities
Biometric Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities

Biometric recognition--the automated recognition of individuals based on their behavioral and biological characteristic--is promoted as a way to help identify terrorists, provide better control of access to physical facilities and financial accounts, and increase the efficiency of access to services and their utilization. Biometric...

Phenomenology of Space and Time: The Forces of the Cosmos and the Ontopoietic Genesis of Life: Book Two (Analecta Husserliana)
Phenomenology of Space and Time: The Forces of the Cosmos and the Ontopoietic Genesis of Life: Book Two (Analecta Husserliana)

This work celebrates the investigative power of phenomenology to explore the phenomenological sense of space and time in conjunction with the phenomenology of intentionality, the invisible, the sacred, and the mystical. It examines the course of life through its ontopoietic genesis, opening the cosmic sphere to logos. The work also explores,...

Digital Accounting: The Effects of the Internet And Erp on Accounting
Digital Accounting: The Effects of the Internet And Erp on Accounting
Digital Accounting: The Effects of the Internet and ERP on Accounting provides a foundation in digital accounting by covering fundamental topics such as accounting software, XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language), and EDI. The effects of the Internet and ERP on accounting are classified and presented for each accounting cycle, along with a...
Astronomy Demystified (Demystified)
Astronomy Demystified (Demystified)

This book is for people who want to learn basic astronomy without taking a formal course. It also can serve as a supplemental text in a classroom, tutored, or home-schooling environment. I recommend that you start at the beginning of this book and go straight through.

In this book, we’ll go on a few “mind...

Minds and Computers: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
Minds and Computers: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
This is a book about minds. It is also about computers. Centrally, we will be interested in examining the relation between minds and computers.

The idea that we might one day be able to construct some artefact which has a mind in the same sense that we have minds is not a new one. It has featured in entertaining and frightening fictions
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Visions Of Mind: Architectures For Cognition And Affect
Visions Of Mind: Architectures For Cognition And Affect
"What is mind?" "Can we build synthetic or artificial minds?" Think these questions are only reserved for Science Fiction? Well, not anymore. This collection presents a diverse overview of where the development of artificial minds is as the twenty first century begins. Examined from nearly all viewpoints, Visions of Mind...
Holy Sci-Fi!: Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect (Science and Fiction)
Holy Sci-Fi!: Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect (Science and Fiction)

Can a computer have a soul? Are religion and science mutually exclusive? Is there really such a thing as free will? If you could time travel to visit Jesus, would you (and should you)? For hundreds of years, philosophers, scientists and science fiction writers have pondered these questions and many more.

In Holy Sci-Fi!,...

Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Frankenstein, The Time Machine, Star Trek, Dune, 1984, Blade Runner--science fiction has been explained as a combination of romance, science, and prophecy; as a genre based on an imagined alternative to the reader's environment; and as a form of fantastic fiction and historical literature. It has also been argued that science...

Computer Vision
Computer Vision
Scientists and science fiction writers have long been fascinated by the possibility of building intelligent machines and the capability of understanding the visual world is a prerequisite for such a machine. This book speaks to the notable research progress being conducted and brings together the important problem areas where computer vision is...
Meaning and Mystery: What It Means To Believe in God
Meaning and Mystery: What It Means To Believe in God

Meaning and Mystery offers a challenge to the way Philosophy has traditionally approached the issue of belief in God as a theoretical problem, proposing instead a form of reflection more appropriate to the practical nature of the issue.

  • Makes use of abundant illustrative material, from both literature, such as Les...
The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence: A Philosophical Inquiry
The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence: A Philosophical Inquiry
The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence critically evaluates claims concerning the status of SETI as a genuine scientific research program and examines the attempts to establish contact with other intelligent life forms in the past thirty years.

Despite a wealth of science fiction and scientific speculation on the origins of
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