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The Gramophone : Lem against the Chinese Room



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Pro-Fil
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Lem; Searle; Chinese Room; artificial intelligence; thought experiment
Description The text focuses on Lem’s rejection of the Chinese Room, a prominent challenge to the sufficiency of the Turing test. After outlining Lem’s relationship to the Turing test, it offers an exposition of two of Lem’s thought experiments, the Gramophone and the Jigsaw, whose critique is directly related to the critique of the Chinese Room. The text shows that Lem’s key argument is to point out the computational naivety of the machines that feature in these experiments. The text concludes by presenting some of Lem’s views on the nature of machine consciousness.
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