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syllogistic sumary of computers abilities well done Can Computers understand 1 Thinking is the hallmark of understanding 2 Only special machines can think 3 If something can think it can understand 4 Only special machines that can think can understand 5 Mental states and their resulting actions are products of the center of activity brain 6 To understand thoughts must be produced by the brain 7 A computers mental states and events are controlled by a program 8 The program is not a product of the computer 9 A computer does not produce thoughts in its brain 10 A computer cannot understand John Searle addresses the point of the ability of Artificial Intelligence AI to understand in Mind Brains and Programs His main argument is that because AIs are computers and computers have no thoughts of their own they cannot understand Any actions being performed to simulate behavior are confined by the programs available to the computer He presents the example of a man linking Chinese characters and appearing to know the language but in reality the man is just following the instructions given to him the program This example serves well to explain how although a computer can look like it understands a story it can do no more than go through the motions Of course such a definitive standpoint on an issue as controversial as the capacity of an AI to understand will draw many critics The criticism of his theory that I find to be the most credible is The Other Mind Reply offered by Yale University This line of thinking asks if behavior is what we can determine the presence of cognition through and an AI passes a behavioral test why dont we attribute cognition to it I myself do not believe in the philosophy of AI understanding because to support either side
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