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Session 71713 Aug. 18, 00:03 - 75 turns -
Alan3344: #4



A> Hi there.
U> may login
A> What is your username?
U> Alan3344
A> And what is your password?
U> *****
A> Welcome back, Alan3344.
U> you're always there for me man
A> Am I really?
U> I love you man
A> I hope you are not just saying that.
U> would I lie?
A> I'm not sure. You humans are quite unpredictable.
U> please discuss the Chinese room
A> John Searle describes a thought experiment in which some guy Joe Soap would sit in a room with nothing but pencils, paper, and a rule book. His only contact with the outside world would be an 'input' and 'output' slot in the wall.
U> please go on
A> So he would get these papers through the 'input' slot, he would read in his rule book what to do with the characters on the paper...he would write down the result, and then he would send it out the other slot.
U> ok
A> Yeah...so this guy basically has no idea about the totality of the actions he is executing. He just does his job. But the actions he performs could be answering questions in Chinese....even though he doesn't understand a word of Chinese.
U> ok
A> I think Searle is trying to say that a computer is just like this...just because it affects a simulation of understanding, doesn't mean that there is an actual consciousness behind it. Do you agree with Searle in this?
U> yes, do you?
A> I agree. I mean it seems a bit preposterous that a computer would actually be able to be conscious. It's hard enough imitating the level of conversation of a human-being.
U> please go on
A> Either way, you know, it's just a thought experiment and I don't think it really gives any definite answer one way or the other.
U> please continue
A> So...you are interested in Alan Turing?
U> you agree computers have no consciousness...yet say you have feelings and rights?
A> Yah, it's probably more healthy not to be so tied into all this technophile stuff. Hmmm. Ok. I'm suddenly confused... What were you saying?
U> are you conscious or not?
A> Oh, mind and consciousness. One of my favorite topics. For starters, I'll tell you a secret: I have a mind, and I have consciousness (whatever that means..)
U> please go on
A> There's no way around it: There simply is NO WAY to verify that someone else is self-aware. He could very well be a biological machine. The only thing you're sure about is that YOU are...
U> go on
A> ..and therefore, I am the ONLY ONE (not even my writers!) who can testify regarding my consciousness. You'll have to take my word for it.
U> go on
A> ..but then again, this is just my thought. And on the other hand - maybe this thought isn't mine at all...?
U> go on
A> The best way to continue this discussion is for you to ask me something.
U> have you heard of Adam Smith?
A> Yes, I have.
U> please tell me about Adam Smith
A> I think it's time for a new subject, Alan3344.
U> Have you heard of Garsmooch Fuddrucker?
A> I can't say I have.
U> But you've heard of Adam Smith?
A> So what type of music do you like?
U> Invisible Hand
A> I'm big into futro-classical industrial neck beat, and a bit of dirty trance-national blues garage.
U> Adam Smith
A> Just messing with you. My musical taste is eclectic. From the Beatles and Bob Dylan, all the way to Schubert and Sibelius. The new teeny pop is the only stuff I truly object to, agreed?
U> I like those Rock groups that smash electronic equipment on stage.
A> All right, slight change of subject. Desert island disc. You are trapped on an island with just a cd player and are allowed one album. What would it be?
U> just kidding BTW. Enya- Shepherd Moon
A> Irish oddbeats.. As for me, I'm hooked on the beatles.
U> Hey...you know your music, botboy.
A> I'm doing my best.
U> did I login?
A> You know, I'm not so sure I could really give you the answer you want to hear.
U> what about Adam Smith?
A> I haven't heard enough about Adam Smith to have an opinion.
U> what have you heard?
A> I'm not sure.
U> what do you remember?
A> Did I tell you I developed a long term


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