Here is a short cartoon presentation of the « Chinese Room » thought experiment, a philosophical critique of artificial intelligence:
Here are your study questions:
1. How is the Chinese Room supposed to show that a computer does not really know or understand anything, and therefore cannot properly be called « intelligent » ?
2. Can you find any flaws in this argument ? Do you think it really proves what it is supposed to prove ?
(Want to know everything about the Chinese Room and related topics ? You can read up on it in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/chinese-room/)