Can a Computer Have a Mind?

1158 Words Feb 18th, 2018 5 Pages
This question has been debated for decades by philosophers, mathematicians, physicists' etc. Alan Turing, a mathematician, he first addressed the issue of artificial intelligence in his 1950 paper, "Computing machinery and intelligence," and proposed an experiment known as the “Turing Test”—an effort to create an intelligence design standard for the tech industry. He also said, “if we cannot distinguish between the answers a computer gives to questions and the answers a human gives, then the computer has a mind” ,but I stand at a different view. I believe that computers are not conscious in the same way a human mind is conscious. To come to such a conclusion, as to whether or not computers are conscious the same way as a human mind, what we need to understand first is what exactly it means to be "conscious”. To be conscious means that one is aware of their existence, possesses feelings and has thoughts of their own. Computers were invented by human beings, humans who are not perfect and not all knowing. Computers are programmed by humans, and thus they don't have the awareness of their own existence, they don't have feelings and they are programmed to think the way their programmer has designed them to think. Computers lack the free will to think and make decisions by themselves, they do what they are programmed to do. Processing speed is irrelevant to what's most important in human cognition. Computers have fabulous calculation power,…

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