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Anonymous on Fri Apr 20 23:43:18 2001


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 Let's assume that there did exist an algorithms that could pass the
Turing test in a limited setting. Then, let us put a human in a room, with
all the computer instructions for the algorithm in the Chinese (assuming,
that the human doesn't understand Chinese). Then when a question is given
to the human, in Chinese, the he/she just follows the sequence of steps of
the algorithm, that to the human is just symbol manipulation. In this
manner, he/she arrives at the final answer. The answer to the human is
again just a collection of Chinese symbols. Searle argues that the human
doesn't "understand" what he/she has done, although to the external
observer, he/she has passed the Turing test.

 There are so many other issues here: non-computability (in the turning
sense) of most of the data in the real world; high kolmogorov complexity
of real world data etc. that when one hears of a solution to all of AI,
its hard for one to suppress a smile.

-hari






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