Analysis Of Searle 's ' The Chinese Room Argument ' Essay

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Searle’s, The Chinese Room Argument, asks, if a computer can use data to output answers does that computer understand? In Searle’s experiment, he acts as a computer and is given translations of Chinese symbols. He states that even though he can find the appropriate translations for the symbols and output answers he still does not understand Chinese. Prior to my previous argument, I look to investigate in what instance can the computer be thought of as an understanding machine. In order to do this, I must investigate the following: what are the components necessary for understanding, why humans are thought of as understanding beings, and can we duplicate such things in a machine. The Chinese Room experiment is extremely basic, but given more inputs, can the computer think beyond its coded formulas. Searle concludes that Strong AI is not independent intelligence, that it is just simulation of intelligence, and although machines can act highly intelligent what separates them from humans is the notion of intentionality. Humans who are seen as having the ability to form representations, do so through experience. But what is it about the formation of experience that cannot be duplicated and why is it necessary to have such systems in place to be deemed an intelligent, understanding, and a thinking being. Firstly, we must dissect the meaning of understanding. Understanding, is given numerous definitions. One in particular stands out as relevant to what we as humans undergo, “the

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