Computing machinery and emergence: The aesthetics and metaphysics of video games

Minds and Machines 15 (1):73-89 (2005)
We build on some of Daniel Dennett’s ideas about predictive indispensability to characterize properties of video games discernable by people as computationally emergent if, and only if: (1) they can be instantiated by a computing machine, and (2) there is no algorithm for detecting instantiations of them. We then use this conception of emergence to provide support to the aesthetic ideas of Stanley Fish and to illuminate some aspects of the Chomskyan program in cognitive science
Keywords aesthetics  computability  computational theory of mind  emergence  metaphysics  video games
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