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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 454.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
       [1]   From:    Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-        (60)
             Subject: Ted Selker, MIT media Lab on _Context Aware
                     Computing_: Can implicit communication with computers
                     be more useful
       [2]   From:    Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-        (56)
             Subject: _Mind versus Computer_
       [3]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>         (28)
             Subject: Lecture by Searle 2/2/01
             Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 08:23:19 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: Ted Selker, MIT media Lab on _Context Aware Computing
    Dear humanists fellows,
    [Hi, I thought --this might interest you --fowarded via HCI Center of
    Stanford University. -Arun]
    Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 14:27:10 -0700
    From: Terry Winograd <winograd@cs.stanford.edu>
    Stanford Seminar on People, Computers, and Design (CS547)
    Home page: http://hci.stanford.edu/seminar
    Video: http://stanford-online.stanford.edu/courses
    Friday, November 3, 2000 , 12:30-2:00pm
    Gates B01 (HP Classroom) and SITN
    Ted Selker, MIT Media Lab
    TITLE: Context Aware Computing; Can implicit communication with computers
    be more useful than explicit communication?
    The familiar and useful come from things we recognize. Many of our favorite
    things appearances communicates their use; they show the change in their value
    though patina. As technologists we are now poised to imagine a world where
    computing objects communicate with us in-situ; where we are. We use our
    looks, feelings, and actions to give the computer the experience it needs
    to work with us.
    Keyboards and mice will not continue to dominate computer user interfaces.
    Keyboard input will be replaced in large measure by systems that know what
    we want and require less explicit communication. Sensors are gaining
    fidelity and ubiquity to record presence and actions; sensors will  notice
    when we enter a space, sit down, lie down pump iron, etc. Pervasive
    infrastructure is recording it.
    This talk will cover projects from the Context Aware Computing Group At MIT
    Media Lab
    Dr. Ted Selker is on the faculty of the MIT Media Lab, directing the
    Context Aware Computing Group. Previously he was an IBM Fellow and manager
    of User System Ergonomics Research at IBM's Almaden Research Center. He
    works on cognitive, graphical an physical interface. Ted has taught courses
    at Stanford, and previously worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Sunnyvale
    Reseach Laboratory. Ted is known for the design of the "TrackPoint III" in
    keyboard pointing device with performance advantages derived from a special
    behavioral/motor match algorithm, creating  "COACH", an adaptive agent that
    improves user performance shipping this Fall in OS2, and the design of the
    755CV notebook computer that doubles as an LCD projector.
    NEXT WEEK - November 10, 2000 - Kai Li, Princeton University
               The Princeton Wall
    The lectures are available each week over the Internet. For details see
    <http://stanford-online.stanford.edu>. They can be accessed without
             Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 08:26:47 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: _Mind versus Computer_
    Dear Humanist Scholars,
    Notes from Arun Tripathi:
    [In the midst of critiques --this outstanding and brainstorming
    publication presents analyses of core ideas that will possibly shape
    future AI.  The book, "Mind Versus Computer" aims to reevaluate the
    soundness of current AI research, especially the heavily disputed
    strong-AI paradigm, and to pursue new directions towards achieving true
    intelligence. Famous American Heideggerian, cognitive scientist and
    phenomenologist, Prof. Hubert Dreyfus has argued that the enterprise
    of AI consists in turning the rationalist project of philosophers like
    Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, and Husserl (Prof. Hubert Dreyfus has also
    accomplished a PhD degree in the early 60s, in 1963 at Harvard
    University..on "Husserlian Studies and Phenomenology"..entitled _Husserl's
    Phenomenology of Perception: From Transcendental to Existential
    Phenomenology_) into an empirically rigourous research paradigm. One can
    read more contemporary thoughts..In the _phenomenological critique of
    representationalism_, which means the "rejection of the notion that
    representational states define and explain the most basic kind of human
    interaction with environment." The roots of _phenomenological critique of
    representationalism_, can be seen and read in the writings of the
    Continental philosophers, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, and its importation
    into contemporary philosophy of mind has been accomplished largely by
    Hubert Dreyfus. Very recently, in the book, _Knowledge Management Tools_
    (Editor, Rudy L. Ruggles, III)..Hubert Dreyfus with his brother,
    Prof. Stuart Dreyfus contributed a chapter entitled "Why Computers May
    Never Think Like People"..states.."without the ability to make intelligent
    decisions, without being able to incorporate 'know-how' along with
    'know-what', computers can be no more than conduits of human intelligence,
    devoid of context, distinctions, or true judgement." This particular
    chapter provides a list of reasons, and examples to why computers may
    never think like humans. Or more specifically, why people will never be
    able to develop machines capable of making intelligent decisions. And, I
    would like to highly recommend the book, because besides Dreyfus brothers,
    there are also interesting chapters contributed by Harry M. Collins on
    "Humans, Machines, and the Structure of Knowledge", Stan Franklin on "Into
    the Future"..explores the future of mechanisms of the mind from the
    perspectives of physicists, roboticists, and biologists, and Nobel
    Laureate Herbert Simon on "Information Processing in Computer and Man"..]
    Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 10:50:19 -0800 (PST)
    From: Phil Agre <pagre@weber.ucsd.edu>
    [material deleted]
    Book announcement:
                            MIND VERSUS COMPUTER
                       WERE DREYFUS AND WINOGRAD RIGHT?
    "Mind Versus Computer: Were Dreyfus and Winograd Right?", published
    recently by IOS Press is dedicated to the question: is the mind just
    a very complex computer?  The book combines the "strong" versus "weak"
    AI debate with new AI approaches and ideas.  Twenty papers gathered and
    refereed through the Internet are presented in three parts:
    [material deleted]
    For more information see:
    [material deleted]
             Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 08:30:51 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: Lecture by Searle 2/2/01
    The 2001 Annual Lecture of the Royal Institute of Philosophy will be given
    by Professor John Searle in the Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of
    London, Malet St., on Friday 2nd February 2001 at 5.30 p.m. Its title is:
    "Freedom of the Will As a Problem in Neurobiology". For more information
    see <http://www.royalinstitutephilosophy.org/annual_2001.htm>.
    "The RIP aims to promote the study and discussion of philosophy and
    original work in it through its Journal PHILOSOPHY and by arranging and
    sponsoring programmes of lectures and conferences....
    "While waiting to go into prison for sponsoring an anti-war pamphlet in
    1916, Bertrand Russell gave his 'Lectures on Logical Atomism' at the Dr
    Williams' Library, 14 Gordon Square, in the hall where the Institute's
    annual lecture series are now held. He finished them just before he was
    incarcerated, during which time the Home Secretary, Lord Balfour, gave the
    extraordinary instruction that the prisoner should be allowed writing
    materials in this cell, in which he produced his 'Introduction to
    Mathematical Philosophy'. Russell, together with Balfour, L T Hobhouse,
    Samuel Alexander, Harold Laski, and the Institute's Journal's first editor,
    Sydney Hooper, founded the Institute - then the British Institute of
    Philosophical Studies - in 1925, initially meeting in King's Way, WC2, but
    moving in 1930 to the Dr Williams' Library, with which it has been happily
    and grateful ly associated ever since...."
    Hope to see you there.
    Dr Willard McCarty / Senior Lecturer /
    Centre for Computing in the Humanities / King's College London /
    Strand / London WC2R 2LS / U.K. /
    +44 (0)20 7848-2784 / ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/

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