[2016-11-12] John Searle's Chinese Room

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[2016-11-12] John Searle's Chinese Room

Postby Astrogirl » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:39 am

Microaggression? Microaggression!
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Re: [2016-11-12] John Searle's Chinese Room

Postby Thisfox » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:56 am

I'm stumped too.
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Re: [2016-11-12] John Searle's Chinese Room

Postby Kaharz » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:19 pm

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Re: [2016-11-12] John Searle's Chinese Room

Postby MeisterKleister » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:31 pm

"The Chinese Room" thought experiment is a famous argument by philosopher John Searle against the possibility of "strong" (conscious) AI.

It goes something like this:
You are locked inside a room which is part of a system that passes the Turing test in Chinese (ie. some Chinese guy is chatting with you via text thinking you're a genuine Chinese speaker).
But in fact you're just using a set of (presumably unimaginably complex) rules to process the Chinese letters and output a coherent response. You don't understand any of the Chinese, therefore there is no understanding of Chinese and no consciousness in the Chinese room.

I think the rebuttal is pretty simple: the system itself does "understand" Chinese. And this "understanding" would be indistinguishable from human understanding in every practical sense.

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For more see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_room
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Re: [2016-11-12] John Searle's Chinese Room

Postby GollyRojer » Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:07 pm

What he thought was a Chinese room actually belonged to a guy named Schrödinger.
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