Philosophical Objections

Beyond basic definitional issues, the notion that computers might be able to think also raises several philosophical objections.

Three of these objections include issues related to:

  1. Free will
    Intelligence includes our being able to make our own decisions.
  2. Consciousness
    We consciously think through arguments and approaches as we solve problems.
  3. The symbol system hypothesis
    Basically, processing in computers involves manipulating symbols; does processing in the human brain go beyond symbol manipulation?

created 8 January 2007
last revised 9 January 2007
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