16. Why Freud Was the First Good AI Theorist

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Marvin Minsky

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch16

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Minsky, M. (2013) Why Freud Was the First Good AI Theorist, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch16

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • artificial intelligence (AI);
  • Freud;
  • mind;
  • technology

Summary

Freud's book is the first one that the author knows of that says that in the mind there isn't a single thing there, there are at least three or four major systems. The reason the author suggested that Freud was a great artificial intelligence (AI) researcher is that in trying to make this theory of how people's motivations worked in this period 1895 and a couple years thereafter, he wrote this long essay, some of which is lost, for the Project for Scientific Psychology. The author read a lot of that once but it seems to him that by 1905 Freud had produced a whole bunch of AI-like ideas that should have been followed up.