How to tell your friends from machines

Guy Robinson

in Philosophy and Mystification

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222919
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235513 | DOI:
How to tell your friends from machines

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Machine intelligence is a concept that contradicts both the notion of a machine or man’s “other minds” and the notion of intelligence. This contradiction poses a problem that requires going beyond philosophical bounds and, to some degree, study of the “social pathology” of the problem. Descartes’s method of doubt in a way makes us renounce humanity, and this causes the lack of ability to genuinely believe in something. Through clarifying what a “machine” is and what it is not and presenting the relevance of having a purpose, the chapter explains how this problem arises from imaginative play, or from the lack of it.

Keywords: other minds; social pathology; imaginative play; Descartes; purpose

Chapter.  6945 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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