Can a computer think or it does only what it has been programmed to do?
It depends what you mean by "think". If you mean simulate conscious itelligent behaviour then the answer is "yes".
If you mean "can a computer be or become conscious" then I would argue "NO" because it is impossible to say how consciousness can arise from the action of unconscious processes.
I recently wrote a Hub on the theory of the brain as a filter for universal consciousness that took consciousness as an irreducible primary aspect of the universe line space-time and energy. If this theory corresponds to reality then it might be possible to create a computer that is conscious.
In a trivial sense a contemporary computer can only do what it is programmed to do. It is possible to write self modifying programs and then in a sense the computer does things it was not originally programmed to do, especially if the changes are dictated by external inputs.
The bottom line is that the word "Think" is ambiguous and the question is actually two questions. I personally think Intelligence does not require consciousness but consciousness requires intelligence.
Can a human think or does it only do what it has been programmed (by experience and conditioning) to do? Nobody can even answer that one definitively, so good luck answering it for computers!
by marinealways247 years ago
This has been argued in other threads, but I feel it needed a thread of it's own.Do you think that it is possible for consciousness to start at the cellular level, why or why not? I think there is good evidence to show...
by TruthDebater7 years ago
Can a computer ever be made to outperform a human? Can a computer ever be made with the amout of variables a human has that allows them to adapt?I think a computer can be designed to live longer or perform in conditions...
by getitrite2 years ago
If you programmed a robot to enforce all biblical laws, would you feel safe having it in your home?
by Alexander Brenner6 years ago
Can a computer can be programmed so completely that it gains consciousness?If we outfitted a computer with enough memory, could we in theory program it to gain consciousness?
by ptosis5 years ago
No, I'm not talking about the fandangled mandangler. Your stomach has neurons - about the same as a cat's brain!So even though it's not able to give "specific and articulable facts" having a gut feeling is...
by marinealways246 years ago
I think natural selection is conscious selection. I think any life must have consciousness/awareness of it's environment for Natural Selection to be selection. Without a consciousness or awareness of the environment,...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.