Galatea 2.2 - Study Guide Section VI (pages 153-180) Summary & Analysis

Richard Powers
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Section VI (pages 153-180) Summary

At the beginning of section VI, Richard crashes Imp E by asking it what it wants to talk about. This crash leads to the creation of Imp F, through the efforts of Lentz's programming and Richard's training. Imp F is now able to demonstrate some "reflexive" thinking or make "associations about associations." As Richard continues to train the program, it starts to rearrange its circuitry in the manner that he and Lentz first predicted.

Lentz creates a powerful algorithm that will allow them to continually increase the number of connections within the neural net. Further programming and using a rule structure allows Lentz to be able to make the machine think recursively and create its own structures and to test out hypotheses. These new changes lead to the next implementation. Richard says of it, "Imp G in other words could dream...

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