Donald Michie was an extraordinary character. In a scientific career that spanned nearly 65 years, he was the pioneer in several fields including computing, mouse embryology, transplantation biology, and machine intelligence. Tragically, he died in a car crash in 2007.
Here, Ashwin Srinivasan presents a varied collection of Michie's writings, from Colossus and computers to mouse genetics and politics. Srinivasan, a computer scientist and grand-student of Donald Michie, introduces each section and brings together an engaging collection of lively essays, revealing Michie's remarkable personality and painting a picture of his life and interests.
Editor's Note; A Lifetime in a Minute;
MACHINES AND MACHINE INTELLIGENCE; The Beginning; Colossus and the Breaking of the Wartime "Fish" codes; Turing's Vision;
EARLY PROMISE; Machines That Can Play Games; Where Britain Lags Behind; Edinburgh Will Set the Pace; Amplifying Intelligence by Machine; Clever or Intelligent?;
LIGHTHILL AND AFTER; Machine Intelligence in the Cycle Shed; Response to Lighthill; Computer Chess an the Humanization of Technology; Slaughter on 7th Avenue; Human Window on the World; The Turing Institute; Rules from Brains; CONSCIOUSNESS, TURING'S TEST AND THE CHILD MACHINE; Turing's Test and Conscious Thought; "Strong AI": An Adolescent Disorder; It Takes Two to Tango; Return of the Imitation Game;
BIOLOGY; Maternal Inheritance in Mice; Superpregnancy in Mice; Studies on the Transfer of Fertilized Mouse Eggs; Transplantation Biology; Embryo Selection for Human IVF; Thinking about Thinking; IN CONVERSATION; 50 Years after Breaking the Codes; Secrets of Colossus Revealed; Recollections of Early AI in Britain; Tokyo-Edinburgh Dialogue;
"FROM OUR SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT"; On Keeping Mice; The last liger; Archbishop Among the Test-Tubes; There's no such thing as a "Superior" Race; Nature v. nurture; Song and Dance story; Scientific Advice to Governments; Keeping one jump ahead; What they Read and Why; Sciencemanship;
PEACE AND GOODWILL; The Tramp's Charter; Descent into Unreason; BIBLIOGRAPHY; Selected Publications in Biology; Selected Publications in Computer Science; Books; Web Links