On Understanding in Communicating Systems and the Error in the Chinese Room Thought-Experiment
ROYAL SIGNALS AND RADAR ESTABLISHMENT MALVERN (UNITED KINGDOM)
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John Searle has proposed the Chinese Room thought-experiment to refute the notion of what he calls strong Al Artificial Intelligence, that is that thinking is merely the manipulation of formal symbols. We discuss the Chinese Room thought-experiment, and show that Searles argument is in error. We show, therefore, that the Chinese Room thought-experiment provides no grounds for the conclusion that computer hardware, solely on the basis of running computer software, can never be regarded as intelligent.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems