Descartes and Turing

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Title
Descartes and Turing
Author
氏名 Araki Naoki
ヨミ アラキ ナオキ
別名 荒木 直樹
Subject
Descartes
reason
Turing
machines
Turing test
Abstract

René Descartes does not think that machines can speak like human beings because they do not have “reason.” About three hundred years later, Alan Turing insists that if machines can speak like human beings, they can think. In other words, Turing stands Descartes’s insistence on its head, as Roy Harris and Noam Chomsky point out. But Descartes insists that only human beings have “reason” so he never assumes that machines can speak. On the other hand, Turing insists that it is a matter of words whether machines can think or not. This means, as Turing claims, that the question, “Can machines think?” is not worth discussing. So Descartes’s and Turing’s arguments are not the same although Turing stands Descartes’s argument on its head.

Journal Title
広島工業大学紀要. 研究編
Volume
53
Spage
11
Epage
19
Published Date
2019-02
Publisher
広島工業大学
ISSN
1346-9975
NCID
AA11599110
Language
eng
NIIType
Departmental Bulletin Paper
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出版社版
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