Artificial intelligence and personal identity

Synthese 88 (September):399-417 (1991)
Abstract
Considerations of personal identity bear on John Searle's Chinese Room argument, and on the opposed position that a computer itself could really understand a natural language. In this paper I develop the notion of a virtual person, modelled on the concept of virtual machines familiar in computer science. I show how Searle's argument, and J. Maloney's attempt to defend it, fail. I conclude that Searle is correct in holding that no digital machine could understand language, but wrong in holding that artificial minds are impossible: minds and persons are not the same as the machines, biological or electronic, that realize them.
Keywords Artificial Intelligence  Metaphysics  Mind  Personal Identity  Searle, J
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DOI 10.1007/BF00413555
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