“Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine,” published in 1958, was one of my favorite books when I was a little kid. I read and reread it many times.
It’s a book about a boy and his friends who teach a computer to do their homework. They read to the machine from their textbooks.
That’s not how computers actually worked …until recently, when voice recognition and machine learning has caught up to 65-year-old kiddie sci-fi.
I’ve been thinking about that book quite a bit recently. And so has David Owen at The New Yorker.
What a Sixty-Five-Year-Old Book Teaches Us About A.I.