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syllogistic sumary of computer's abilities well done.

Can Computers understand?

1) Thinking is the hallmark of understanding.

2) Only speci
al 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, thou
ghts must be produced by the brain.

7) A computer's 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 AI's are
computers and computers have no thoughts of their own, they cannot understand. Any
ctions 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
iven 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

Of course such a definitive standpoint on an issue as controversia
l 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 pres
ence of cognition through,
and an AI passes a behavioral test, why don't we attribute cognition to it?

I myself do not believe in the philosophy of AI understanding, because to support
either side on this issue one must have a belief for or a
gainst the ability of man to create
another being capable of thought. I do not believe that any machine based creature we
may ever create has the ability to think. Thought is something that is independently done
and cannot be given to another, or more ac
curately, programmed in. Regardless of
however many tests that may be passed simulating thought and understanding, a
programmed being is not capable of thought and understanding.


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