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arisbe__ · 2021-12-11 · Original thread
Also 3 more "easy overview" type books:

The New Turing Omnibus by A K Dewdney (

The Society of Mind by Marvin Minsky (

Creating Mind: How the Brain Works by John E Dowling (

mindcrime · 2019-08-05 · Original thread
I'm curious how close the research community is to general AI

Nobody knows, because we don't know how to do it yet. There could be a "big breakthrough" tomorrow that more or less finishes it out, or it could take 100 years, or - worst case - Penrose turns out to be right and it's not possible at all.

Also, are there useful books, courses or papers that go into general AI research?

Of course there are. See:

See also, the work on various "Cognitive Architectures", including SOAR, ACT-R, CLARION, etc,


and "Biologically Inspired Computing"

ghotli · 2014-04-09 · Original thread
Take a look at Marvin Minsky's The Society of Mind. Consciousness as an emergent property of the communication between simple agents is a large arm of cognitive science.

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