A big issue having to do with the field of artificial intelligence, or, even
more, with artificial intelligence in the domain of science fiction is emotions.
Since emotions constitute a function of the brain, will computers ever be able
to experience them? The dispute between Marvin Minsky and the other outstanding
figure in artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, involves the emotional part
of intelligence. The latter claims that we are in a position of creating clever
machines, not necessarily bestowed with human feelings. Minsky, on the other
hand, believes that such a hyper-computer like HAL, the one in “Space
Odyssey” which will be capable of envy is attainable. “The solution
to all problems”, he says, “demands resources. When resources are
According to Minsky each and every emotion is nothing but a specific array
in our brains: “If you take a look at any of the books referring to the
human mind you will see that it looks like a huge arrangement of switches…
Love means nothing else than 20-30 of these switches being turned on and
some others being switched off. It is a specific arrangement…Anger is
…is a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He also teaches Mathematics at the University of Princeton and is a pioneer
in the field of artificial intelligence. He has been awarded with dozens of
prizes in Science and has written Society of Mind, which has been a bestseller.
Today he is working at the MIT Media Lab and is writing the sequel to the Society
of Mind under the title: Emotion Machine…