John Searle's Chinese Room Argument

1583 Words7 Pages
Technology is continuously evolving, and continues to evolve faster and faster. Mankind has invented so many things such as computers, bots, software bots, and vehicles. These creative inventions of the human mind make life more and more convenient for mankind. Furthermore, these things can be considered innovations under artificial science. Machines are put to work in a variety of applications but actual ‘robotic’ machinery is often found in industrial applications such as factories and, more recently, warehouses. These robots do things that humans maybe used to do, but more efficiently and for much less money. Prior to recently, this meant basic physical tasks; painting, assembling, drilling, ect. Except now these things are getting much more complex. In the past decades, humans have taken the idea of automation a bit further. Physical work, but now mental work can be performed by robots. From driving cars (Harris), to…show more content…
An American philosopher named John Rogers Searle presented his argument in 1980. It is well-known as Searle’s “Chinese Room Argument.” To further comprehend, the argument presents an English-speaking human who does not know or understand Chinese. The man is put inside a room and is asked to simulate the execution of a computer program using Chinese characters, which he or she does not understand. Instill in mind that the program the person is using is an artificial intelligence program, which receives natural language stories as well as questions in the Chinese language. The person responds with properly written Chinese sentences. Searle’s claim against strong artificial intelligence is that although reasonable natural language responses are being made and are indistinguishable from what a native Chinese speaker or writer would make, still there is no comprehension or understanding, because only symbols without meaning to the user are being controlled (Hauser, Chinese Room

More about John Searle's Chinese Room Argument

Open Document