Knowledge and Computing
Computer Epistemology and Constructive Skepticism
By Tibor Vámos
The result of the author's extensive practical experience: a decade in computer process control using large scale systems, another decade in machine pattern-recognition for vision systems, and nearly a decade dealing with artificial intelligence and expert systems. These real-life projects have taught Vámos a critical appreciation of, and respect for, both abstract theory and the practical methodology that grows out of—and, in turn, shapes—those theories.Machine representation means a level of formalization that can be expressed by the instruments of mathematics, whereas programming is not more and not less than a special linguistic translation of these mathematical formulae. How these all are related and controlled is a most practical philosophical and computation professional task. Wide experience in the practical fields of computer science, and the research of the underlying theoretical issues have led Vámos to the development of the attitude and activity of constructive skepticism.
About the Author
Tibor Vámos is Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Board of the Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Author of Computer Epistemology (1991), coeditor of the Neumann Compendium (1995) and Springer Handbook of Automation (2009). He was the President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), engineering leader of several large scale industrial projects.
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