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The philosophy of W. Ross Ashby and its relationship to 'The Matrix'

Warwick, K. (2009) The philosophy of W. Ross Ashby and its relationship to 'The Matrix'. International Journal of General Systems, 38 (2). pp. 239-253. ISSN 0308-1079

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/03081070802601475

Abstract/Summary

Ashby was a keen observer of the world around him, as per his technological and psychiatrical developments. Over the years, he drew numerous philosophical conclusions on the nature of human intelligence and the operation of the brain, on artificial intelligence and the thinking ability of computers and even on science in general. In this paper, the quite profound philosophy espoused by Ashby is considered as a whole, in particular in terms of its relationship with the world as it stands now and even in terms of scientific predictions of where things might lead. A meaningful comparison is made between Ashby's comments and the science fiction concept of 'The Matrix' and serious consideration is given as to how much Ashby's ideas lay open the possibility of the matrix becoming a real world eventuality.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Systems Engineering
ID Code:15433
Uncontrolled Keywords:cybernetics, robotics, philosophy, cyborgs, neural networks

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