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Mind and Machine The Essay Technology has traditionally evolved as the result of human needs Invention when prized and rewarded will invariably rise-up to meet the free market demands of society It is in this realm that Artificial Intelligence research and the resultant expert systems have been forged Much of the material that relates to the field of Artificial Intelligence deals with human psychology and the nature of consciousness Exhaustive debate on consciousness and the possibilities of consciousnessness in machines has adequately in my opinion revealed that it is most unlikely that we will ever converse or interract with a machine of artificial consciousness In John Searles collection of lectures Minds Brains and Science arguments centering around the mind-body problem alone is sufficient to convince a reasonable person that there is no way science will ever unravel the mysteries of consciousness Key to Searles analysis of consciousness in the context of Artificial Intelligence machines are refutations of strong and weak AI theses Strong AI Theorists SATs believe that in the future mankind will forge machines that will think as well as if not better than humans To them pesent technology constrains this achievement The Weak AI Theorists WATs almost converse to the SATs believe that if a machine performs functions that resemble a humans then there must be a correlation between it and consciousness To them there is no technological impediment to thinking machines because our most advanced machines already think It is important to review Searles refutations of these respective theorists proposition to establish a foundation for the purpose of this essay for discussing the applications of Artificial Intelligence both now and in the future Strong AI Thesis Strong AI Thesis according to Searle can be described in four basic propositions Proposition one categorizes human thought as the result of computational processes Given enough computational power memory inputs etc machines will be able to
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