On the Other Hand ... Medical Report: Infectious Symbolophobia

  • Kenneth M. Ford
  • Patrick J. Hayes

Abstract

Computers are the only machines which both manipulate symbols and are manipulated by them; they are "physical symbol systems." As we know, AI uses this insight to implement systems capable of thought. However, some people find this idea of a symbolic machine very unsettling. This tension can be a clinical precursor of a disorder called symbolophobia.
Published
1997-03-15
How to Cite
Ford, K. M., & Hayes, P. J. (1997). On the Other Hand . Medical Report: Infectious Symbolophobia. AI Magazine, 18(1), 144. https://doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v18i1.1287
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