Do Computers Think?

Topics: Mind, Computer, Microprocessor Pages: 2 (847 words) Published: January 23, 2000
Can or will computers ever think? Well this has been a subject of much debate between even the greatest minds, and yet there is still no answer. First of all I have would like you to answer a question. What is 4x13? Did you have to think to answer that? Yes? Well does that mean that a computer can think because it can answer that question. Well that is what we are going to set to answer and I think yes, depending on your definition of thinking.

First off let's get something straight. When I refer to computers in this essay I am not referring only to the microprocessor sitting on your desk but to microprocessors that control robots of various structure.

Well as I said we first must define ‘to think'. What does that mean? Webster's New Compact Dictionary defines ‘think' as "1. Have a mind. 2. Believe. 3. Employ the mind.". It defines mind as ‘to think'. So does this mean that if you can think does this mean you have a mind? My opinion is that, according to this definition, computers can think. A computer can give you an answer to the question ‘What is 4x13?', so it can think. What's that? You say it's just programmed to do that, if no one programmed it wouldn't be able to do that. Well how did you know how to answer the question? Your teacher or parent's or someone taught it to you. So you were programmed, same as the computer was.

So you think that programing is different than learning. You might think the same as my grandma that programing is something where things are just drilled into you like people who are members of cults. Well when your teacher stood over you desk in elementary and do drilled you on the multiplication tables was that not programming? Would you know that 1x5 does not equal 10 if everyone you ever met said that it did. Another argument my grandma used was my little cousin and how when he runs into a wall he learns that it hurts so he doesn't do it again. (Well actually he does it because he has a hard head). Yet a professor in...
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