THUNK – 99. Braitenberg’s “Vehicles” & the Chinese Room

Braitenberg’s “Vehicles,” Searle’s Chinese room, & Cole’s “Virtual Minds” – some thoughts on thinking machines.

-Links for the Curious-

Some selections from Valentino Braitenberg’s “Vehicles” – www1.appstate.edu/~kms/classes/psy5150/Documents/Braitenberg1984.pdf

Alan Turing’s fantastic 1950 paper “Computing Machinery & Intelligence” – www.csee.umbc.edu/courses/471/papers/turing.pdf

John Searle’s paper, cited over 5000 times, about the Chinese Room argument – www.class.uh.edu/phil/garson/mindsbrainsandprograms.pdf

David Cole’s “Artificial Intelligence & Personal Identity,” where he posits the mechanism of virtual minds – citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.383.778&rep=rep1&type=pdf

A quick note: the response that I end up advocating in the end here is spiritually similar to a sort of philosophical “Pragmatism.” If you’d like to read some more about it, check out its entry in the SEP here: plato.stanford.edu/entries/pragmatism/

The SEP article on “functionalism,” one of the philosophies of mind characterized here – plato.stanford.edu/entries/functionalism/

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