By Almut Schüz (auth.), Dr. Ad Aertsen, Professor Dr. Valentino Braitenberg (eds.)
There is a practice of theoretical mind technological know-how which began within the forties (Wiener, McCulloch, Turing, Craik, Hebb). This was once persisted by way of a small variety of humans with no interruption as much as the current. It has certainly supplied major guiding strains for mind technology, the devel opment of which has been excellent within the final many years. in spite of the fact that, in the bulk of experimental neuroscience, the theoreticians a few occasions had a tricky stand, because it was once felt that the days weren't ripe but and the equipment now not but to be had for a improvement of a real theoretical speciality during this box. hence thought remained within the palms of a reasonably small membership which recruited its participants from theoretical physicists, mathematicians and a few experimentalists with amateurish theoretical leanings. The growth of methods which move via the identify of 'computational neuroscience', 'neuronal networks', 'associative mem ory', 'spinglass theory', 'parallel processing' and so on. aren't blind one for the truth that the gang of individuals professionally drawn to actual istic types of mind functionality as much as the current date continues to be fairly small and suffers from an absence association. It was once in contrast heritage that we made up our minds to prepare a meet ing on Theoretical mind technological know-how. The assembly was once held April 18 - 20, 1990 and happened at Schloss Ringberg, West-Germany, a facility backed through the Max-Planck-Society.