Accession Number:

ADA231643

Title:

On Understanding in Communicating Systems and the Error in the Chinese Room Thought-Experiment

Descriptive Note:

Memorandum rept.

Corporate Author:

ROYAL SIGNALS AND RADAR ESTABLISHMENT MALVERN (UNITED KINGDOM)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE