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Introduction to Philosophy, Unit 2 Instructions for the Unit 2 Reflection Paper On the next page, you'll find a link to the Dropbox to submit a paper on the following topic: Lawhead refers frequently to the characters of R-2D2 and C-3PO from the Star Wars movies as examples of what appear to be artificially intelligent creatures. Not only do R2-D2 and C-3PO exhibit typical computing skills such as memory storage and retrieval and the rapid performance of complex calculations, but they also appear to have distinct personalities, to display emotions, and to be self-motivated (sometimes to the point of disobedience). Imagine that R2-D2 and C-3PO really exist exactly as they are portrayed in the movies. Choose any THREE of the numbered sets of questions below and address them in your reflection paper. You can base your answers on the description of R2-D2 and C-3PO in the paragraph above; you do not need to be familiar with the Star Wars universe. We know that Descartes himself did not believe that artificial intelligence was truly possible, but if presented with these two characters, might he change his mind? How would a Cartesian dualist in the 21st century explain the apparently humanlike capabilities and behavior of these two characters and still remain consistent with Cartesian dualism? How would a physicalist account for the apparently humanlike capabilities and behaviors of these characters? Would an identity theorist explain them differently than an eliminativist? How would a functionalist like Jerry Fodor account for their apparently humanlike capabilities and behaviors? How would John Searle account for their apparently humanlike capabilities and behaviors? In the Star Wars movies, C-3PO and R2-D2 are clearly treated as second-class citizens. For example, a bartender says, “We don’t serve their kind here.” If they have truly human abilities, is it appropriate to treat them as sub-human? Why or why not? Think about the instruction above that requires you to imagine R2-D2 and C-3PO as real. How easy did you find that part of the assignment? How easy is it, in general, to suspend disbelief while watching a movie or TV show in which humanlike robots or androids appear? Does the ease or difficulty of imagining these fictional humanlike robots have any relevance to the question of whether artificial intelligence is possible? If you want to include some of the material from the textbook in your paper, that's good, but you must give the author credit if you use any of his ideas, whether you quote him directly or not. You may use whatever citation method is most commonly used in your major, such as MLA or APA style. If you would like to make reference to other sources that influence your paper, the same rule applies. Quoting or paraphrasing without citation is plagiarism and may result in an F for the course. Your paper must be at least 800 words in length. It needs to be in one of the following formats: .txt, .rtf, .doc, or .docx. When you have completed your paper, upload the document to the Unit 2 Reflection Paper Dropbox.
Introduction to Philosophy, Unit 2 Instructions for the Unit 2 Reflection Paper On the next page, you'll find a link to the Dropbox to submit a paper on the following topic: Lawhead refers frequently to the characters of R-2D2 and C-3PO from the Star Wars movies as examples of what appear to be artificially intelligent creatures.
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