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A new issue has come about since the building of computers But the idea behind it is not such a new issue for as long ago as Plato and Aristotle the idea of a mind was pondered about With the up-and-coming technology the idea of artificial intelligence has exploded It is one that many fiction writers have prospered on But how far away are they from the truth Take the story of The Bicentennial Man by Isaac Asimov written in 1976 when most of the population didnt know what a computer was capable of The idea of the unknown scared us a robot that appeared to be just like us but it was also intriguing as demonstrated by the storys success What was it that attracted the population to this story The reasonable answer lies within the question this paper will attempt to answer That is Can a computer have a mind The answer to this question is an obvious one but we will examine it anyway as it needs to be addressed because of all of the popular science-fiction writings A computer can have a mind and as you read further into this you will see that computers are made of the same things we are they transfer information using the same techniques we do they are complex enough and they are aware This is enough to give them the possibility to posses a mind Starting with the first part of the definition of mind one might conceive of a computer that can posses a mind The Biologist might make an argument against me stating that only living things can have mind that it is only those things that are biological consisting of organic compounds that may have the potential to posses mind But I say to the Biologist what is it that makes up these organic compounds What is it about these molecules that makes them construct themselves into a biological being The
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