Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Meaning of SPAM

At last! I'm done with my philosophy term paper! It's an investigation of if  computers can represent semantic contents. If you are interested, here is a link to the paper: The Meaning of SPAM.

From the abstract:
I argue that the the Chinese room thought experiment, invented by John R. Searle, does not show that a computer can not represent semantic contents. By analogy with a spam filter, I use Putnam's 4-tuple normal form definition of meaning to show that a spam filter actually does represent meaning (semantic contents).