Thinking with the Teachable Machine by John H. Andreae
Thinking with the Teachable Machine by John H. Andreae
Thinking with the Teachable Machine by John H. Andreae
Thinking with the Teachable Machine by John H. Andreae

Thinking with the Teachable Machine by John H. Andreae

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New York : Academic Press, 1977. First Edition. Hardcover. 178 pages ; illustrated ; 25 cm. In original dust jacket with former bookshop price rubber stamped onto the front endpaper. No other markings within this book. Binding is firm.


This book introduces a system, called PURR-PUSS, which can be programmed into a computer to produce a teachable machine. It is both a new theory and a working model. Learning starts from scratch, with nothing in PURR-PUSS's memory and it can be accomplished either on her own or with the aid of a human teacher. PURR-PUSS experiences, and remembers her experiences, as several streams of context - such as sound, vision and touch. Based on new concepts of prediction, multiple context and novelty, PURR-PUSS can be connected to any real or simulated environment. As Brian Gaines writes in his Foreword, the "book represents an in-depth study of the possibility of learning complex behaviour through remarkably simple and general mechanisms."

The body of this book is devoted to a factual description of the structure, operation and behaviour of PURR-PUSS, with the author's opinions and expectations relegated to notes. Computer programmers will find in this book all that they need to write a program of PURR-PUSS for their own computers. For those working in the fields of psychology, education and philosophy, PURR-PUSS is offered as a new theory of memory, of motivation and of intelligence. A neurochemical version of PURR-PUSS, called mew-Brain, is included as an Appendix.

PURR-PUSS represents a fascinating new direction in artificial intelligence research, and, together with mew-Brain, forms a tentative model of the brain.

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