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How can you determine if a computer is sentient?

Asked by PhiNotPi (12656points) July 21st, 2011

Say you had a very powerful computer hooked up to a complicated robot, with the fanciest AI program you can imagine installed on it. How can you determine that the robot is sentient/self aware?

Assume that the robot has no pre-programmed way to communicate with humans. It does not know how to speak, write or sign any language intuitively.

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