Summarize the main points in the reading passage, and then explain how the lecture casts doubt on the ideas in the reading.
The writer and the lecturer deal with the question "Do Computers Think?". In the reading passage the author claims that if a computer can pass through the Turing Test, so it can think. However, the speaker disagrees with the author's point and the challenges using one example which I will examine in this essay. The Turing Test is an exercise made by Alan Turing, in this test a person has to answer if he is talking to a computer or another person. In other words, if someone decides that he is talking to a person but actually it is the computer it would mean that the computer can think. Obviously, the speaker disagrees with that and he uses an example to prove his point. In the listening passage the professor mentions a philosophical test that proves the difference between acting and being intelligent. He proposes a similar test compared to Turing. Thus, in this test two persons that speak two different languages have to communicate. He claims that both will not understand each other. But, if a code and a sequence are used this person could solve the code by acting intelligence but not thinking in another idiom. Furthermore, the same idea is used to explain the problems with the uring test. A computer can be programmed by a human to understand and respond complicated questions, but this will not be answered if it can think or not. In conclusion, the reading passage believes in the Turing test as a way to prove that computers can think. The speaker believes that passing through this test proves nothing.
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