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

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