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The Chinese Room experiment seems pretty logical to me after the fact that I was able to see Searle explain it first hand in the video on Thursday The Chinese Room experiment is used to explain on eof the reasons that a machine will never have the same qualities as humans in the area of the mind and consists of the following A man is placed into a room into which Chinese writing symbols are given to him He has the knowledge of what symbol is used to respond to each symbol is fed to him however he doesnt have the slightest clue as to what they stand for or mean So in essence he is communicating with the giver of symbols and answering the givers questions but he doesnt really understand what it actually means Searle is using human to take the place of the machine to prove that a machine can simply be programmed to respond to X with response Y or A with response B Searle says that just because the machine acts like it knows whats going on it only knows what we program it to know It is not aware of the situation like humans are I agree with Searle on this argument I do believe that a machine can only do what we tell it to do It cannot make up its own principles or have consciousness There is an argument that was used in class to prove me wrong it is the example of the computer that is programmed to think all sparrows are brown Then it observes a green sparrow and deletes the idea that all sparrows are brown therefore it made its own principle without human input I think that is a logical example but there is one flaw within this example The flaw is that in the beginning the machine was at one time programmed with the knowledge to observe sparrows and to think they
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