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  1. Learning from the existence of models: On psychic machines, tortoises, and computer simulations.Dirk Schlimm - 2009 - Synthese 169 (3):521 - 538.
    Using four examples of models and computer simulations from the history of psychology, I discuss some of the methodological aspects involved in their construction and use, and I illustrate how the existence of a model can demonstrate the viability of a hypothesis that had previously been deemed impossible on a priori grounds. This shows a new way in which scientists can learn from models that extends the analysis of Morgan (1999), who has identified the construction and manipulation of models as (...)
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  • Behavioral systems interpreted as autonomous agents and as coupled dynamical systems: A criticism.Fred A. Keijzer & Sacha Bem - 1996 - Philosophical Psychology 9 (3):323-46.
    Cognitive science's basic premises are under attack. In particular, its focus on internal cognitive processes is a target. Intelligence is increasingly interpreted, not as a matter of reclusive thought, but as successful agent-environment interaction. The critics claim that a major reorientation of the field is necessary. However, this will only occur when there is a distinct alternative conceptual framework to replace the old one. Whether or not a serious alternative is provided is not clear. Among the critics there is some (...)
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  • Early-connectionism machines.Roberto Cordeschi - 2000 - AI and Society 14 (3-4):314-330.
    In this paper I put forward a reconstruction of the evolution of certain explanatory hypotheses on the neural basis of association and learning that are the premises of connectionism in the cybernetic age and of present-day connectionism. The main point of my reconstruction is based on two little-known case studies. The first is the project, published in 1913, of a hydraulic machine through which its author believed it was possible to simulate certain essential elements of the plasticity of nervous connections. (...)
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  • Automatic decision-making and reliability in robotic systems: some implications in the case of robot weapons.Roberto Cordeschi - 2013 - AI and Society 28 (4):431-441.
    In this article, I shall examine some of the issues and questions involved in the technology of autonomous robots, a technology that has developed greatly and is advancing rapidly. I shall do so with reference to a particularly critical field: autonomous military robotic systems. In recent times, various issues concerning the ethical implications of these systems have been the object of increasing attention from roboticists, philosophers and legal experts. The purpose of this paper is not to deal with these issues, (...)
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  • Book Reviews - Roberto Cordeschi, The Discovery of the Artificial: Behaviour, Mind and Machines Before and Beyond Cybernetics, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002, xx + 312, ISBN 1-4020-0606-3. [REVIEW]Sander Begeer - 2005 - Minds and Machines 15 (2):264-268.