Part A: From Turing
It is best to begin with Turing’s hypothetical opinion, considering Searle’s will later require an additional consideration (in response to Part C of this scenario). Based on Turing’s argument for the possibility of artificial intelligence, Siri* would be considered a “thinking, intelligent being” because Turing’s definition of a “thinking, intelligent being” is a being that has the ability to use and understand language. This is measured by a successful passing of the Turing test, also known as the Imitation Game, in w...
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...ctively resolves our scenario and answers Amy's question.
Given this new judging criterion, Turing’s answer is ultimately correct, and Amy should punish her Son because Siri* is a "thinking, intelligent being." Because Siri* would possess a physical, human brain, Searle could not refute its personhood since his own requirements for personhood have been satisfied by our criteria. However, if Siri* is recognized as a "thinking, intelligent being," it brings into question what exactly is a “person.” Indeed, Amy should punish her Son not simply because Siri* is a "thinking, intelligent being," but because Siri* has a physical, human brain and could very well be a human in "her" own right.
Searle, John R. "Minds, Brains, and Programs." N.p., 1980. Web. 4 Feb. 2014.
Turing, A. M. "Computing Machinery and Intelligence." N.p., 1950. Web. 4 Feb. 2014.
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