The Chinese Room

A few months back I got a request from my friend and colleague from Tufts, the philosopher Dan Dennett. Dan is the co-director of the Tufts Center for Cognitive Studies along with my mentor, Ray Jackendoff, so I got to benefit from his wisdom and humor throughout graduate school.

He asked me to recreate a comic strip he saw posted on the wall of an MIT Artificial Intelligence lab almost 30 years ago by an unknown author. The comic is based on the philosopher John Searle‘s famous thought experiment about the “Chinese Room.”

An “official” posting is also found on my website here, along with both a horizontal and vertical version.


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