Alex Wu, Juan
Computers, a technological advancement that were once only available to the
military and business firms, eventually became a big role player for everyday life for the
common man. Without computers, there would be no social media, no video games
(consoles are technically computers too), no online shopping , etc. Ever since the 70’s,
the computers have improved in a number of ways over the years: a decrease in overall
size, faster performance via the processors, higher resolution graphics, and other unique
features such as Cortana from windows 10 which is an intelligent personal assistant for
the computer. They have come quite a long way from solving basic math to the more
complex tasks such as programming.
As computers become more and more efficient and advanced, they will eventually
take over most of the jobs that were initially meant for humans. This somewhat implies
that computers will eventually be smarter than us. But can computers truly think? The
answer really depends on perspective, and by that I mean what thinking truly is according
to the audience.
The mechanist view argues that computers are just as smart as us humans and
therefore is a possible cause for people to lose their jobs to computers someday. It is
blatantly obvious that computers are much more efficient at completing tasks given to
them, but saying that they think are questionable. People will argue that thinking requires
much more complicated characteristics than computers are capable of having. There are
limits and conditions that a computer must meet in order to complete a task. Without
these specific information given by humans on how to complete said task, a computer is
deemed as nothing. Computers simply do not have these problem solving skills that are in
the same level as the human brain, which eventually adapts to the given situation. If a
computer does not contain the information required for the subject, it simply cannot
obtain what it needs on its own. It is just not capable of doing so.
Recently scientists developed an artificial intelligence that has beaten the
European champion in a board game called Go. Having a checker like board with black
and white stones, the possibilities of making a move are more than that of chess. The A.I.
has data inside of all the different scenarios in recorded history and was programmed to
make the most optimal move based on those given scenarios. However, without that data
given by a human, it would have been impossible for it to make a move let alone a good
one. Computers requires the input of a user and without it, it is useless. This argument
goes to show that computers are not capable of thinking.
As for the argument that computers can think, let us say that I have given you a
simple math equation. By nature we are to spit out an answer, but before we give the
answer, we had to think for the answer. Even the simplest of equations one must think
before they give the...