Chinese Room - Devon Talend September 23, 2010 The Chinese...

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Devon Talend September 23, 2010 The Chinese Room The point that Searle is hoping to get across from the “Chinese Room” analogy is that computers do not truly understand what the program is manipulating it to do. Analogous to the image of a man in a room picking out symbols he cannot interpret, the “Chinese Room” idea represents the process that a digital computer encounters. The man is only picking symbols he is told to choose without a realization of the symbol’s underlying meaning. This is representing how the computer is only a puppet to the program that is being used. Although a computer can follow the syntax of the language, this way of communication’s semantics cannot be taught to any artificial intelligence. This alone is why the mind cannot be duplicated by a computer. No matter the speed or success rate of the man in the room, he will never be able to decipher what the symbols picked represent. The man is also incapable of choosing the correct symbols without the program behind him giving commands. Unlike the computer program, a mind can confidently choose the correct symbols through
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2011 for the course PHIL 1101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Georgia State.

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