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ments be thrown to the wind - in gentle of the truth that cautious, targeted, step by step deductive arguments could be provided less than for every and each proposition that may be cavalierly looked prima facie fantastic. Key Theses So, to place it colloquially, i believe we are headed towards actual izing Blade Runner, a vintage sci fi motion picture within which in simple terms an tricky pupil-scanner (which detects the standard physiolog ical correlate to an emotional reaction to provocative ques tions) allows one to tell apart androids from people. And Blade Runner grew to become genuine, it sort of feels to me, stands out as the Age of The thinker. Qualia Scanner scholars undilated! Why? good, to begin, it will be an period during which the so-called "problem of different minds" could be specially pointed, as the type of query usually posed by way of in structors in introductory philosophy classes, specifically How have you learnt, rather recognize, that the individual subsequent to you is not just a robotic, that beneath her "skull" hums a classy silicon gadget rather than a flesh-and-blood human mind? WHAT ROBOTS CANANDCAN'TBE four should be a dangerous critical one.
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And to "run" them in accordance with Turing machine programs. ) If you give Jonah a LISP program, he translates it to a machine language program, and from there moves to a Turing machine program; and he does this without giving any INTRODUCTION 41 thought whatever to the meaning of the LISP program. Jonah knows the syntax of LISP, but he doesn't have any semantics for the language. He doesn't know, for example that (DEFUN ... ) is string the defines a function; he doesn't even know that (+ ...
The Frame Problem, despite what some may think, isn't the only problem in AI the resolution of which requires Philosophy and Logic. ) To show that (ROB) is true, we need acceptable logics of knowledge and action; accounts of the relation between logics and the concepts at work in "real life;" accounts of causality and induction; etc. We're also going to have to figure out a way to combine syntax and semantics in a program in such a way that a computer running the program at least appears to have "intentionality," etc.
180] Very well; let us take stock of Pollock's fable. Is there anything in it which casts doubt on the Argument from Alvin? Apparently not. Pollock has described the kind of sensors necessary for an intelligent machine to prosper in an environment like ours; we may even grant that he has sketched an account of the sort of sensors that we employ. But no premise in the Argument of Alvin comes under attack by Pollock's story. In order to see this, we have only to add to our Alvin story the stipulation that the set AlP includes all the information contained in Pollock's fable.