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Review of The Emperor's New Mind Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics.

Dennett, Daniel C (1989) Review of The Emperor's New Mind Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics. [Newspaper/Magazine Article]

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The idea that a computer could be conscious--or equivalently, that human consciousness is the effect of some complex computation mechanically performed by our brains--strikes some scientists and philosophers as a beautiful idea. They find it initially surprising and unsettling, as all beautiful ideas are, but the inevitable culmination of the scientific advances that have gradually demystified and unified the material world. The ideologues of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been its most articulate supporters. To others, this idea is deeply repellent: philistine, reductionistic (in some bad sense), as incredible as it is offensive. John Searle's attack on "strong AI" is the best known expression of this view, but others in the same camp, liking Searle's destination better than his route, would dearly love to see a principled, scientific argument showing that strong AI is impossible. Roger Penrose has set out to provide just such an argument.

Item Type:Newspaper/Magazine Article
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science > Machine Learning
ID Code:432
Deposited By:Dennett, Daniel
Deposited On:05 Apr 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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