A person who speaks no Chinese whatsoever inhabits a room full of file cabinets full of questions and answers — all written in Chinese.
For the most part, computer scientists have tended to ignore Searle’s argument and the point of view that it represents.
One problem it has consistently displayed, and which shows that it lacks understanding, is its difficulty dealing with self-reference.
World-class chess, Go, and Jeopardy-playing programs are impressive, but they prove nothing about whether computers can be made to achieve AGI.
I have to admit the event was kind of dull compared with the Behe debate. But Josh gave a nice presentation with AI/consciousness basics.