Computers do not Think

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Computers do not think the way humans do. For example, the Chinese Room experiment is an imaginary situation on how computers “think.” This experiment shows how a computer does not fully understand what it is supposed to do but follows directions anyway. People do not automatically follow directions like computers. Often times people want to rebel and not follow directions or people ask questions why they have to do a certain task. Another example is, humans have morals that make them think about the decisions they make and the consequences of the decisions whereas computers don’t have a sense of moral that influences their decisions. Computers are programmed to pull up something that relates to whatever is typed in or use content addressable memory, but people can decide if they want to respond to a question or not. A computer’s way of responding has no thought put into it. The last example is, computers do not have a choice in their decisions, and people have free will. People choose what they want to do rather than follow a guideline that one has to follow. A computer does not obtain free will as a person does; it cannot choose for itself and is dependent on the people who program it, there are no decisions made by the computer. All in all, people should not think that computers and humans think alike; computers are programmed to think a certain way and a person is born with the ability to make self made decisions.