Class 13 - Objections to the Chinese Room Argument


On Monday we talked about Searle’s argument, or really, thought experiment, concerning the in-principle-impossibility of the strong artificial intelligence research program. Today we look at some objections to Searle’s argument. Is it perhaps less convincing than it first seemed?

You can find today’s slides here.

Readings

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Class 11 - Representation & Mind


On Monday we discussed what a representation is, and why it might be the case that mental representation is the most fundamental kind (viz. because it is not conventionally determined and does not require interpretation). Today we’ll start discussing the question of whether a machine could think. We’ll ...

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