The reality of A different way of thinking

thinking machineOn a long journey recently my satnav seemed to become annoyed with me. There were road closures and it was desperately trying to send us back the way we had come, to the closed roads. The instructions it then gave us amounted almost to  “sort yourselves out then”. When we stopped it flew out of the car door, almost suicidally.

This led to the discussion about whether complex machines had some sort of consciousness.

A few days later I happened to watch a film about Alan Turing and his work on the enigma machine. When asked if he thought if machines could think he said, “Just because machines cannot think as people do, does not mean that they cannot think”. Also,” Just because something is thinking differently from you does not mean it is not thinking”.

This made me think anyway. Not only to be nice to your mechanical objects, they may be more conscious than you think, but also this may apply to any aliens in our world. Could we actually understand each other if our thinking patterns were so different.

Aspect of reality

Just because something is thinking differently from you does not mean it is not thinking. Are we really the only intelligent or conscious beings in our reality?

 

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