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An interpretation of artificial intelligence according to which all thinking is computation, from which it follows that conscious thought can be explained in terms of computational principles, and that feelings of conscious awareness are evoked merely by certain computations carried out by the brain or (in principle at least) by a computer. A debatable implication of this view is that a computer that can pass the Turing test must be acknowledged to be conscious. Also called hard AI. See also Chinese room, Gödel's theorem. Compare weak AI.

Subjects: Psychology.

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