What Sorts of Machines Can Understand the Symbols They Use ?

@inproceedings{Sloman1986WhatSO,
  title={What Sorts of Machines Can Understand the Symbols They Use ?},
  author={Aaron Sloman},
  year={1986}
}
My topic is a specialised v ariant of the old philosophical question ‘could a machine think?’. Some say it is only a matter of time before computer-based artefacts will beha ve as if they had thoughts and perhaps e ven feelings, pains or an y other occupants of the human mind, conscious or unconscious. I shall not pre-judge this issue. The space of possible computing systems is so vast, and we ha ve explored such a tin y corner, that it would be as rash to pronounce on what we may or may not… CONTINUE READING

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