Larry Hauser's Unauthorized Companion to R. E. Horn's Mapping the Great Debates: Map 1

The AI Debate

[I]n about fifty years' time it will be possible to programme computers, with a storage capacity of about 109, to make them play the imitation game so well that an average interrogator will not have more than 70 per cent. chance of making the right identification after five minutes of questioning. (Turing 1950, p. 442)

[A]t the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. (Turing 1950, p. 442)

Thesis: Computers can think.

Clarification: the "thought" in question (LH)

Supporting Considerations

Naive AI (LH)

The Brain is a Computer

Contrary Contentions

Computers can't have free will.

Computers can't have emotions.

We should "pretend" computers will never be able to think.

God prohibits computers from thinking.

Computers can't understand arithmetic.

Computers can't draw analogies.

Computers are inherently disabled.

Computers can't be creative.

Computers can't reason scientifically.

Computers can't be persons.

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