The humans take pride in their thinking and emotional abilities. It is the one aspect that sets them superior to all other living things in the world. But now with the pace of advancements in the computer technology, we are forced to wonder whether computers will be able to think like humans? Can they be programmed to make decisions?
I feel that, no, computers are machines and will stay machines at some level in the future as well. Artificial intelligence has been trying to come up with ways to make the computers to ‘think’. Yes, we have been made the computer to play chess and paint our cars, but that is all one directional.
I believe the human mind works on emotions and neurons. Science is still unable to depict the brain’s code for neuron processing. Science still does not know how the neurons and our actions signal the brain to become conscious . Although computers can learn and reason, it cannot make decisions based on reason. It only works on logic and computations. It cannot alter its result based on a different situation.
The reason why computers cannot think on their own is that they haven’t figured out a way to make the computer feel. When our body feels happy, our mind produces an emotion. Until science can come up with a way to simulate this, computers cannot be intelligent.
We humans are truly clever and have given rise to machines like computers to help us, not to take charge over us. The different tests that are assembled to check computer’s intelligence is truly a test of us humans. If a computer passes the test, it means we have failed. Computers are only artifacts and will remain so because they can only ‘think’ what they are told.
Egnor, Michael. "Can a Computer Think?" 31 March 2011. Evolution News. 9 December 2013 <http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/03/failing_the_turing_test045141.html>.
Miller, Max. "Can Computers Be Conscious?" 30 September 2010. Big Think. 9 December 2013 <http://bigthink.com/going-mental/can-computers-be-conscious>.