John Brockman’s new book is wonderful, both for the world views it shares, and its historical narrative.

“Wiener’s applications of cybernetic concepts to the brain and to computerized perception are the direct precursors of today’s neural-network-based deep-learning circuits, and of artificial intelligence itself.”

—Seth Lloyd, edited by John Brockman. Possible Minds.”

“Even in the age of all things digital, this cannot be defined in any strictly logical sense, because meaning, among humans, isn’t fundamentally logical. The best you can do, once you have collected all possible answers, is to invite well-defined questions and compile a pulse-frequency weighted map of how everything connects.”

—George Dyson, edited by John Brockman. Possible Minds.”

March 4, 2019