This book, “What Computers Can’t Do: The Limits of Artificial Intelligence” written in 1963 by Hubert L. Dreyfus is an interesting debate on the future of AI and how computers could not possibly engage with the daily human cognitive, emotional, and physical needs and tendencies we have as a species. Some of his hypotheses however, since this book was written in 1963, have been overcome through the years by software and hardware development and increased capabilities that were probably never even imagined when Dreyfus sat down to write this. Even the annoying “Clippy” paperclip in MSWord is a testament to that fact, as its dumb intelligence goes way beyond the “limits” outlined in this book. Anyways, it’s an interesting read to discover what abilities people thought computers were capable of and how the evolution of AI has really challenged this assumption over the years.

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