He may also do his multiplications and additions on a ‘desk machine’, but this is not important. Preparatory assignments help students focus their reading and their thinking, thus facilitating a higher-quality discussion. We may hope that machines will eventually compete with men in all purely intellectual fields. Many people think that a very abstract activity, like the playing of chess, would be best. It can also be maintained that it is best to provide the machine with the best sense organs that money can buy, and then teach it to understand and speak English. Again I do not know what the right answer is, but I think both approaches should be tried.
This is important because judgements are made about people on the basis of such technology’s findings and the companies operating such technologies are now market leaders. She told His Holiness what a pleasure it was to be here and that she wanted to talk about digital technology. She asked if he had a computer and seemed a little taken aback when he told her, “No.” She stated that almost everyone else in the room had a smart phone which serves as a conduit to digital technology. “When we seek the source of consciousness, we find that it is a continuity. As I said before, today’s consciousness is a continuation of yesterday’s consciousness.
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I incline to the lower values and believe that only a very small fraction is used for the higher types of thinking. Most of it is probably used for the retention of visual impressions. It is probably not necessary to increase the speed of operations of the machines at all. Parts of modem machines which can be regarded as analogues of nerve cells work about a thousand times faster than the latter. This should provide a ‘margin of safety’ which could cover losses of speed arising in many ways.
There would be no question of triumphing simultaneously over all machines. In short, then, there might be men cleverer than any given machine, but then again there might be other machines two computers talking to each other cleverer again, and so on. There is no theoretical difficulty in the idea of a computer with an unlimited store. Of course only a finite part can have been used at any one time.
( The Argument from Informality of Behaviour
These disturbing phenomena seem to deny all our usual scientific ideas. Unfortunately the statistical evidence, at least for telepathy, is overwhelming. It is very difficult to rearrange one’s ideas so as to fit these new facts in. Once one has accepted them it does not seem a very big step to believe in ghosts and bogies.
The idea of a learning machine may appear paradoxical to some readers. They should describe completely how the machine will react whatever its history might be, whatever changes it might undergo. The explanation of the paradox is that the rules which get changed in the learning process are of a rather less pretentious kind, claiming only an ephemeral validity. The reader may draw a parallel with the Constitution of the United States. This argument appears to be a denial of the validity of our test.
Constructing instruction tables is usually described as ‘programming’. To ‘programme a machine to carry out the operation A’ means to put the appropriate instruction table into the machine so that it will do A. If you are engaging in a brainstorming session and plan to write on the board, you will need to have students sit where they can see the board. If you want students to work in small groups, you might consider how chairs and tables can be positioned so that you can walk from group to group, or have students do so if the task demands it. If your discussion is part of a group project that involves hands-on construction or manipulation (perhaps of a flow-chart or design), the physical space must be organized accordingly.
A deaf child born to parents who are deaf and who already use ASL will begin to acquire ASL as naturally as a hearing child picks up spoken language from hearing parents. However, for a deaf child with hearing parents who have no prior experience with ASL, language may be acquired differently. In fact, 9 out of 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who hear. Some hearing parents choose to introduce sign language to their deaf children. Hearing parents who choose to have their child learn sign language often learn it along with their child. Children who are deaf and have hearing parents often learn sign language through deaf peers and become fluent.
( Argument from Continuity in the Nervous System
I do not wish to give the impression that I think there is no mystery about consciousness. There is, for instance, something of a paradox connected with any attempt to localise it. But I do not think these mysteries necessarily need to be solved before we can answer the question with which we are concerned in this paper. In short then, I think that most of those who support the argument from consciousness could be persuaded to abandon it rather than be forced into the solipsist position. We may now consider the ground to have been cleared and we are ready to proceed to the debate on our question, ‘Can machines think?
Recognizing that continuity prompts questions about previous lives since there are young children who have clear memories of them. “We have five sense organs that give rise to sensory consciousness, but we also have mental consciousness. Meditation, for example, is a function of mental consciousness—and it’s worth learning about.