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Artificial intelligence has been the subject of many bad 80s movies and countless science fiction novels But what happens when we seriously consider the question of computers that think Is it possible for computers to have complex thoughts and even emotions like homo sapien This paper will seek to answer that question and also look at what attempts are being made to make artificial intelligence hereafter called AI a reality Before we can investigate whether or not computers can think it is necessary to establish what exactly thinking is Examining the three main theories is sort of like examining three religions None offers enough support so as to effectively eliminate the possibility of the others being true The three main theories are 1 Thought doesnt exist enough said 2 Thought does exist but is contained wholly in the brain In other words the actual material of the brain is capable of what we identify as thought 3 Thought is the result of some sort of mystical phenomena involving the soul and a whole slew of other unprovable ideas Since neither reader nor writer is a scientist for all intents and purposes we will say only that thought is what we as homo sapien experience So what are we to consider intelligence The most compelling argument is that intelligence is the ability to adapt to an environment Desktop computers can say go to a specific WWW address But if the address were changed it wouldnt know how to go about finding the new one or even that it should So intelligence is the ability to perform a task taking into consideration the circumstances of completing the task So now that we have all of that out of that way can computers think The issue is contested as hotly among scientists as the advantages of Superman over Batman is among pre-pubescent boys On the one hand are the
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