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Posted by Harvey on December 14, 2001 02:46:37 UTC

Does Deep Blue realize that it has lost a game of chess, or does it merely execute a section of code that acts to the user as if it understands a loss? For example, if I were coding Deep Blue I might have a table of responses such as "I lost. Another game?".

Getting back to the thought experiment, anytime a Chinese card is presented to a computer program, the computer program looks at a table full of Chinese characters and does a search. Upon finding a match of the appropriate character (no major differences), the computer program finds the associated table entry which translates the Chinese word to English. The program 'mechanically' copies the storage contents of the translation to your monitor screen memory which is then electronically displayed on your monitor.

There is at no point in the algorithm a realization process where the whole program understands the meaning of the Chinese character. The program is merely acting mechanically (coping data, searching for a match of memory contents, executing a command to retrieve from certain memory contents, etc).

Warm regards, Harv

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