• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Is passing the Turing Test a good test for whether something can think

Extracts from this document...


Is passing the Turing Test a good test for whether something can think? Alan Turing proposed a test to in assist answering the question if machines can think. If the system passes the test, it is an indication of the system is an intelligent one. Intelligent not in terms of being smart but more so being a thinker. The machine is rational in a sense of having a capacity to form expressions, needs, and desires of mental states. Moreover, the machine is able to make sense of what is going on in conversations. I will first give a clarification on what the Turing Test consist of and then explain why one might believe that if something passes the test, it is considered a thinking system. Using John Searle's thought experiment; I can suggest reasons as to why the Turing Test is not a good test. However, I strongly believe that the Chinese Room thought experiment is not suffice to have the same level of language capacity as the actual Turing machine. Therefore, being able to pass the Turing Test is adequate to declare something as a thinking system. Instead of answering if machines can think, Turing took into consideration if a programmed computer can play a certain game and at the same time be indistinguishable from a human being playing it. ...read more.


The Turing Machine does not know what the symbols mean, it treats them as manipulations because of their shapes and the output can be semantically interpretable. However, some might believe that one cannot simply observe the behaviour on the outside of the machine without knowing what is going on in the inside. To further illustrate, I will now use Searle's thought experiment, the Chinese Room, to suggest that there is a possibility of no thinking occurring inside a system that is able to pass the Turing Test. In the Chinese Room, Searle supposed that he was given a batch of Chinese writing in a room locked up and he has no understanding of the language Chinese at all (Searle). He then was given a second batch of Chinese writing along with rules in English, which he understands, to correlate the second batch with the original batch. This allows him to "correlate one set of formal symbols with another set of formal symbols, and all that 'formal' means here is that I can identify the symbols entirely by their shapes. (Searle)." He is then given a third batch with instructions, in English again, to correlate this batch with the first two batches. ...read more.


The Chinese Room experiment it is unable to have the exact language capacity, to keep up in a conversation, as the Turing Machine would have. If the man in the Chinese Room is asked to do a certain movement or to make a sound, he would be unable to because he lacks the knowledge of the Chinese language. Relying on syntactic alone does not make you a native Chinese speaker. The man inside must not only has an understanding of the words, but indeed the concepts. Hence, we cannot declare the man in the room a genuine Chinese speaker since he does not understand any of the content given to him. The Turing Machine would have such contact with the outside world for him to respond sufficiently in an ordinary conversation. This way, one can say that the machine does have something external, to us, which it maps onto. The Chinese Room objection is not sufficed to indicate that there is no thinking when the machine is manipulating the symbols. The man in the room does not understand the concepts in the Chinese Room; hence, not being able to be a real native speaker and would be unable to perform the same language capacity a Turing Machine would. Therefore, the Turing Test can be constituted as to whether a system is thinking. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Philosophy and Theology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Philosophy and Theology essays

  1. Where is the Common Good in Machiavellis Prince?

    The Prince (trans. Constantine, P.) (2nd edn.). Vintage Classics, London, 2009, p.55 10 Nederman, C. (8 September 2009) 'Niccol� Machiavelli', Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available at http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/machiavelli/ [accessed 20/10/2009] 11 Machiavelli, N. The Discourses (5th edn.). Penguin Classics, London, 2003 12 Fontana, B. (2009) 'Rhetoric and Power in Machiavelli', European Journal of Political Theory, 10, pp.263-274 13 Hampsher-Monk, I.

  2. Examples of how fallacies can be used in argumentative writing.

    Source: Daniel Okrent, "13 Things I Meant to Write About but Never Did", New York Times, 5/22/2005 False Analogy WASHINGTON (AP)--The only exterminator in Congress told his colleagues Wednesday that it would be a short-sighted move to ban use of chlordane and related termiticides that cause cancer in laboratory animals.

  1. Part Three of Test One: Essay.

    But at the same time, not only would it be my job, but my duty to provide fair and objective information to readers to allow them to make their own decisions about purchasing games. How can I strike a balance between being upfront about how I feel about a certain

  2. Freedom is something I take for granted.

    field, just as the orders from the Pharaoh took Moses away from his mother and placed him in the bosom of another woman. This weakened the bond between families and without family it makes controlling and maintaining power over another much easier.

  1. Descartes, Boyle and Mechanical Philosphy

    The organic world view of Aristotelianism had been constructed in terms of sympathies, correspondences, purposes and the notion of 'form' as distinct from 'matter'. This was to be replaced with a vastly contrasting mechanical view: matter (is) made up of atoms, colors occur by the reflection of light waves of

  2. Looking at the Babylon's Society during Hummurabi's regime by analyzing the Code of Hammurabi.

    There is provision relating to military service whereby one who has been ordered to be engaged for war would be put to death if he hired mercenary but withheld the compensation (S26) To ensure his soldiers be ease in mind whilst engaging at war, there is also provision to punish anyone who wants to take advantage of a captain (S34)

  1. Does the Pentateuch tell a good story?

    The use of the word 'myth' to describe this section of Genesis is frequently used, but can be misleading. Myths are often based on fantasy and fiction, but the creation story must be seen as aiming to give a true portrayal of the world and of humanity in the world in relation to God.

  2. Quasi-Names and Definite Descriptions.

    I claim that quasi-names are a distinct type of designators, which refer to their object uniquely in the same way as proper names do. I claim that quasi-names also connote a property, but in a special way - a form of connotation which is peculiar to quasi-names, as it will become apparent.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work