Book Id: 51700 Torres and his remarkable automatic devices. In Scientific American 80. Leonardo Torres Quevedo.

Torres and his remarkable automatic devices. In Scientific American 80

Publisher Information: 1915.

[Torres Quevedo, Leonardo (1852-1936).] Torres and his remarkable automatic devices: He would substitute machinery for the human mind. In Scientific American 80, supplement no. 2079 (6 November 1915): 296-298. Whole number. 390 x 276 mm. Disbound from volume, original front wrapper preserved, stitching holes in left margin. Very good.

First Edition of what is probably the first account in English of Torres Quevedo’s automatic chess player (“El Ajedrecista”) of 1912, an electromagnetic device that pitted a rook and king against the king of its human opponent. Torres’s chess player demonstrated the ability of machines to be programmed to follow specified rules, and marks the beginning of research into the development of artificial intelligence. “Mr. Torres claims that he can make an automatic machine which will ‘decide’ from among a great number of possible movements to be made, and he conceives such devices, which if properly carried out, would produce some astonishing results. Interesting even in theory, the subject becomes of great practical utility, especially in the present progress of the industries . . . he wishes to prove that there is scarcely any limit to which automatic apparatus may not be applied, and that at least in theory, most or all of the operations of a large establishment could be done by machine, even those which are supposed to need the intervention of a considerable intellectual capacity” (p. 296).

Book Id: 51700

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