THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

(Allen Crawford/Plankton Art Co.) Allen Crawford/Plankton Art Co.

Souls of a new machine

How can you make a computer think like a person? (Hint: Make people part of the program.)

By Chris Spurgeon
November 26, 2006

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Your article has been sent.

Text size +

ONE OF THE great broken promises of the 20th-century view of the future, right up there with personal jet-packs, was the promise of artificial intelligence. AI was supposed to lead to computers that wouldn't just calculate and organize, but reason and analyze; computers that could really think, like HAL in "2001" or KITT on the 1980s TV show "Knight Rider." ... (Full article: 614 words)

This article is available in our archives:

Globe Subscribers

FREE for subscribers

Subscribers to the Boston Globe get unlimited access to our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Non-Subscribers

Purchase an electronic copy of the full article. Learn More

  • $9.95 1 month archives pass
  • $24.95 3 months archives pass
  • $74.95 1 year archives pass