Re: 3 "Real" Conscious Machines [WAS Re: Singularity: A rock 'em, shock'em ending soon?]

From: Mikko Särelä (
Date: Tue Jan 17 2006 - 23:55:51 MST

On Tue, 17 Jan 2006, Ben Heaton wrote:
> On 1/17/06, Woody Long <> wrote:
> > Precisely. And that is why I have proposed the Searle Chinese Room
> > Test for machine consciousness. The CPU must "understand" the incoming
> > Chinese talk it is translating into English, and the resulting
> > English, in the same way humans do, where this is taken to mean "as it
> > is received by human level consciousness." Then (and only then) it
> > can be called for all intents and purposes a conscious machine.
> So you're saying that for a machine to be conscious, it must understand
> the input it receives. Do you have an idea for a test that can be used
> to determine whether a particular machine meets that requirement?

And what is the definition of understanding? What does it mean?

Mikko Särelä
    "Happiness is not a destination, but a way of travelling." Aristotle 

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