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DesktopWeb FormText   todays readingTue, 28 Sep 2004 22:35:17 GMT # 

had a bunch of down time today so put away a couple books. 1) Made-up Minds (Drescher) is another thesis turned into a book. this one is about building a general purpose AI to try and learn in the manner of the stages of Piagetian child development. i liked the concept and it had some good ideas but its not something i would attempt anytime soon. 2) The Shape of Actions (Collins and Kusch) is about classifying the human actions that machines can and cannot do. it was heavy on describing actions and light on any sort of AI topics.