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Thinking as ComputationA First Course$
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Hector J. Levesque

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016995

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016995.001.0001

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Can Computers Really Think?

Can Computers Really Think?

(p.267) 12 Can Computers Really Think?
Thinking as Computation

Levesque Hector J.

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This chapter explores the philosophical question of whether computers can really think. It considers the Turing Test and Searle's Chinese Room argument. It suggests that regardless of one's position on the philosophical issues, we are still left with what might be called the AI question: If it is indeed true that tricks and fakery are not sufficient to generate intelligent behavior such as passing some form of the Turing Test, then what is? In the end, it is this question that is perhaps the most profound one to emerge out of the entire discussion, and one that will not be resolved by merely arguing one way or another.

Keywords:   computers, thinking, Prolog programming, Turing Test, Searle, Chinese Room, intelligent behavior

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