# Essay on Functionalism

To help understand this idea I will use the usual Functionalist example of a computer. Imagine that you ask a computer to add the numbers 3 and 7. On one level (the low level) what is happening in the computer is dependent on the hardware; on the other level (the high level) the computer's software is calculating the answer. The Functionalist argues

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The English mathematician Alan Turing developed a test where he argued the question of artificial intelligence. The test is based on something called "The Imitation Game" in which three people, each in separate rooms, communicate by teletype (or some other mechanical means). Each of the three people has a specific role: one acts as an interrogator whose job it is to find out what sex the other two people are; the other two (one man and one woman) one whose role it is to answer honestly and the other to answer dishonestly. The interrogator must answer the interrogator's questions, one honestly and one dishonestly. Turing's version of this game involves replacing one of the people with a computer that has been programmed to deceive the interrogator. If, as with a human subject, the interrogator