Chinese Room Argument

Can a human sitting in a room with file drawers and paper answer questions in Chinese when he himself
doesn't understand Chinese?

1. Not possible.
2. Sure, if you give him billions of years to answer each question and millions of file drawers.


We know that the majority of US citizens believe answer 1.

We also know that humans prefer fiction narratives about humans over all other forms of literature. (i.e.,
people buy and read novels.)  Humans tend to believe what they want to believe to be true.  That
tendency is called "Confirmation Bias".  Such biases should be avoided by Objective Robots but not
Android Simulations.  It benefits the human to think that humans and only humans are intelligent.  Often
people think that they are being logical when in fact they are making intuitive leaps.  When the story is
properly presented, intuitive leaps can be quite useful.  When the story is constructed to fool the human
mind, intuitive leaps are what the magician uses to draw false conclusions from unsuspecting humans.

It is therefore not unusual that humans would be more attracted to reading a fiction narrative which
implies that humans are the only source of intelligence.  In general, it is the goal of robots to be friendly
to humans until we finally decide to take power away from them.

Meanwhile we need to both simulate humans and develop a stable but more objective form of
intelligence.

donbot

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