The Explanation Game
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The question of whether machines can think is perhaps a bit tired at this point in the history of computing, but the question of what would be required in order to make machines think is just beginning to be explored. Of course, each question relates to the other, so, in order to begin the process of building a thinking machine, we must consider not only if such a project is possible, but also what elements of the human thinking process are inextricably bound up with our sense of what we mean when we talk about a thinking machine. To build a machine with Artificial Intelligence, we must come to understand, in a profound way, what it means to have intelligence. For years, researchers in AI could content themselves with adding yet another cute feature to their programs, allowing machines to do new things, one by one. But, it is becoming increasingly clear that to really make intelligent machines, as opposed to machines that exhibit one or two aspects of intelligence, one must attack the basic issues of the nature of human thought and intelligence head on.