Awareness and understanding in computer programs. A Review of Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose
McCarthy (John)
Source: Psyche, 2(11), July 1995
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  1. This book and its predecessor The Emperor's New Mind argue that natural minds cannot be understood and artificial minds cannot be constructed without new physics, about which the book gives some ideas. We have no objection to new physics but don't see it as necessary for artificial intelligence1. We see artificial intelligence2 research as making definite progress on difficult scientific problems. I take it that students of natural intelligence also see present physics as adequate for understanding mind.
  2. This review concerns only some problems with the first part of the book. Considerations in my review (McCarthy, 1990a) of the earlier book are not repeated here.


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