On 13 October 2013 15:29, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Perform to whose satisfaction? A cadaver can be made to twitch, or >>> propped up to stand. >> >> >> Perform to the satisfaction of anyone you care to nominate. A committee of >> humans examine two people who have had a haircut, one from a human and the >> other from a computer, and try to decide which is which. This is repeated >> several times. If they can't tell the difference then we say the computer >> has succeeded in cutting hair as well as a human. Is there any task you >> think a computer will never be able manage as well as a human in this sort >> of test? > > > What does performing tasks have to do with anything? We are talking about > the capacity to feel, experience, and care. If you could replace your hands > with machines that would do everything your hands could do and quite a bit > more, but would have no feeling in them at all, would you say that the robot > hands were just as good to you as human hands? If your tongue could detect > any chemical in the universe accurately and provide you with precise > knowledge of it, but never allow you to taste any flavor or feel anything > with your tongue again, would that be equivalent? I understand that you don't think computers can have feelings, but I was asking if if computers can perform all tasks that a human can perform, or if there are some tasks they just won't be able to do. If there are, then this suggests a test for consciousness. -- Stathis Papaioannou -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.