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Is the "Chinese room" an explanation of how ChatGPT works?

Yes, the Chinese Room argument by John Searle essentially demonstrates that at the very least it is hard to locate intelligence in a system based on its inputs and outputs. And the ChatGPT system is ...
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Is the "Chinese room" an explanation of how ChatGPT works?

Yes it is a good analogy, as explained nicely by Neil. Regarding your second question: how far is AI from models that can actually understand (for some definition of "understand") textual ...
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Why is reinforcement learning not the answer to AGI?

Some AI researchers do think RL is a path to AGI, and your intuition about how an agent would need to be proactive in selecting actions to learn about is exactly the area these researchers are now ...
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How does one prove comprehension in machines?

This is one of the most important issues in the philosophy of artificial intelligence. The most famous philosophical argument that attempts to address this issue is the Chinese Room argument ...
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Is the "Chinese room" an explanation of how ChatGPT works?

Searle's Chinese room is not intended as a functional description of any real-world machine. Searle was a philosopher who created the Chinese room as a thought experiment to show what he considered an ...
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Does the Chinese Room argument hold against AI?

It depends on the definition of (artificial) intelligence. The position that Searle originally tried to refute with the Chinese room experiment was the so-called position of strong AI: An ...
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Does the Chinese Room argument hold against AI?

There are two broad types of responses to philosophical queries like this. The first is to make analogies and refer to intuition; one could, for example, actually calculate the necessary size for ...
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Why is reinforcement learning not the answer to AGI?

A relatively recent but interesting paper that discusses this topic in more detail is Reward is enough (Artificial Intelligence, 2021) by David Silver, Satinder Singh, Doina Precup, and Richard S. ...
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Does the Chinese Room argument hold against AI?

First of all, for a detailed view of the argument, check out the SEP entry on the Chinese Room. I consider the CRA as an indicator of you definition of intelligence. If the argument holds, yes, the ...
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Why is the Chinese Room argument such a big deal?

If you check the Wikipedia article on the argument that you linked, in the History section, you'll note the following statement: Most of the discussion consists of attempts to refute it. I think ...
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Is the "Chinese room" an explanation of how ChatGPT works?

The chinese room argument is useless because it can be applied to the brain as well. Replace the slit with sensory input, the handbook with the wiring of the brain and the activity of the agent inside ...
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How does one prove comprehension in machines?

I recently came across a neat definition of understanding in Roger Schank's Dynamic Memory: Basically, you store everything you experience in your memory, but you need to index it in order to be able ...
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Does the Chinese Room argument hold against AI?

Depends on who you ask! John Searle, who proposed this argument, would say "yes", but others would say it is irrelevant. The Turing Test does not stipulate that a machine must actually "understand" ...
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What are examples of thought experiments against or in favour of strong AI, apart from the Chinese room argument?

An excellent book summarizing the development of thought in this area over several hundred years is Mind Design II, edited by John Haugeland. This book contains a collection of essays written by the ...
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What are the implications of the statement "If you can't tell, does it matter?" in relation to AI?

The question in this video is Are you real? What does this question really mean? Is the guy asking whether the apparent female (I don't know if she is a cyborg or not because I did not yet watch the ...
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Is understanding understandable?

The first issue is defining understanding. I don't want to go too deep here, but serious readers should likely go over some commonly accepted definitions and over the field of Epistemology. To make my ...
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Is the "Chinese room" an explanation of how ChatGPT works?

As many have stated, the Chinese room analogy is intended to show that any hardware + software instance that relies on rules alone (logical operators on input symbols) cannot be said to have ...
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Is the Cognitive Approach (SOAR) equivalent to the Chinese Room argument?

Searle's Chinese room is analogical and is intended to present an easy-to-understand picture of the essential elements and processes of the digital computer. In the room the man (CPU) has a book of ...
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Why is the Chinese Room argument such a big deal?

The Chinese room argument is such a big deal because it takes the concept of the Turing machine and Turing's conception of the electronic digital computer (so-called) as a practical version of the ...
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Is there a formal name for this philosophical AI problem?

Your problem closely resembles John Searle's "Chinese Room" argument, which claimed that one (or more) abstract "intelligence tests" lack the discriminitive ability to distinguish between a trivial ...
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Is there a formal name for this philosophical AI problem?

If something is indistinguishable from a human it is as intelligent as a human. There is no such thing as simulated intelligence. Consciousness of course is a different matter and I suspect that's ...
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