A Sociological Study of the Official History of the Perceptrons Controversy

@article{Olazaran1996ASS,
  title={A Sociological Study of the Official History of the Perceptrons Controversy},
  author={Mikel Olazaran},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  year={1996},
  volume={26},
  pages={611 - 659}
}
In this paper, I analyze the controversy within Artificial Intelligence (AI) which surrounded the `perceptron' project (and neural nets in general) in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I devote particular attention to the proofs and arguments of Minsky and Papert, which were interpreted as showing that further progress in neural nets was not possible, and that this approach to AI had to be abandoned. I maintain that this official interpretation of the debate was a result of the emergence… Expand

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