Searle, Can Computer's Think

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1 Can Computers Think? John Searle University of California, Berkeley Questions for us: • What would it take for a machine to really have a mind? • Are there principled limits to what machines can do? • Would machines with minds have the rights and responsibilities of human beings? The Upshot • Computer programs of increasing sophistication can be built, along with machines that host them. (Consider: computers already play world-class chess, translate from a language to another, guide a missile to hit targets thousands of miles away.) • Question : Do computers have a mind in the full-fledged sense? • Why is this important? Because along with having a mind come rights and responsibilities • The Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) community thinks that computers can think. – Strong AI: Computers can think and feel. – Weak AI: Computers can simulate thinking and feeling. • By this, they generally mean that they can pass the Turing Test .
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2011 for the course PHIL 2010 taught by Professor Snyder during the Fall '06 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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