LR 2 - Kevin Menear Minds and Machines Section 4 10/20/05...

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Kevin Menear Minds and Machines Section 4 10/20/05 LECTURE RESPONSE QUESTION #2 The criteria for evaluating artificial intelligence used in the Star Trek episode “The Measure of Man” relied chiefly on the existence of sentience. This method of assessment may not be foolproof but it remains as one of the most efficient and definite forms of evaluation. To further understand this concept of appraisal, one must first consider the three stances defined in Daniel C. Dennett’s Kinds of Minds . In Dennett’s “journey of inquiry” (Dennett back cover), a stance is described as a way of explaining and predicting the actions and behaviors of an object or creature. The three stances are classified as physical, design and intentional. For the issue at hand, it is unequivocal that using the physical or design stances as a method of evaluation would quickly lead to false conclusions. From the physical stance, one would argue that Data could not be a person simply because he is not made of the same material as any human (or Klingon, for that matter). Yet, this argument begs the question of where the fine line of formation or
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course IHSS IHSS 1051 taught by Professor Vanorman during the Spring '08 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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