A Fair Version of the Chinese Room
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Hasan Çağatay
Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey
Published 2019-10-16
https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.96.10
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Keywords

Artificial intelligence
Chinese room
Turing test
understanding
pattern recognition

How to Cite

Çağatay H. (2019). A Fair Version of the Chinese Room. Problemos, 96, 121-133. https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.96.10

Abstract

By the Chinese room thought experiment, John Searle (1980) advocates the thesis that it is impossible for computers to think in the same way that human beings do. This article intends firstly to show that the Chinese room does not justify or even test this thesis and secondly to describe exactly how the person in the Chinese room can learn Chinese. Regarding this learning process, Searle ignores the relevance of an individual’s pattern recognition capacity for understanding. To counter Searle’s claim, this paper, via examining a series of thought experiments inspired by the Chinese room, aims to underline the importance of pattern recognition for understanding to emerge.

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