Minds and Machines

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 97–101 | Cite as

Derek Partridge: What Makes You Clever: The Puzzle of Intelligence

World Scientific, 2013, xvi+447, $25.00, ISBN: 978-981-4513
  • José Hernández-OralloEmail author
Book Review

Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur—the world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a deceiving discipline: AI addresses those tasks that, if performed by humans, would require intelligence, but have been solved without featuring any genuine intelligence. This delusion has come, in return, with algorithmic techniques that can reliably solve many of these tasks, from game playing to pattern recognition. AI applications are a success.

However, AI has not solved “what makes [us] clever, the puzzle of intelligence”. Those that expect that this book brings the answer will have their hopes deceived. This book is about what does not make us clever, a restatement of Fodor’s “The mind doesn’t work that way” (Fodor 2001). Partridge swings between condescending scepticism and bitter negativism with most of what AI has become, and reaches fierce disparagement of the technological singularity visionaries.

The main message of the book is that science is...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department de Sistemes Informàtics i ComputacióUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain

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