John Barresi (1995) Building Persons: Some Rules for the Game
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Psycoloquy 6(12): Building Persons: Some Rules for the Game
BUILDING PERSONS: SOME RULES FOR THE GAME
Book Review of Bringsjord on Robot-Consciousness
Department of Psychology
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4J1 Canada
The criteria that Bringsjord uses to decide what robots
can and can't be seem inconsistent. I agree with Bringsjord that
human persons are not "classical automata" (e.g., Turing machines),
but then neither are any interesting robots. I suggest that robot
intelligence must be tested by nature rather than human judges. The
"Cyberiad test" (Barresi, 1987) might replace the Turing test
behaviorism, Chinese Room Argument, cognition,
consciousness, finite automata, free will, functionalism,
introspection, mind, story generation, Turing machines, Turing
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