Informed by your understanding of the readings of this section, please write an essay in which you explain fully, in your own words, the fundamental debate between Turing and Searle over the possibility of machine "thought" or "understanding", and then defend your own view on the issue of machine consciousness. Make sure you clearly explain the argument each philosopher gives in defense of his view before stating your own, and make sure you consider a machine that passes the Turing Test (or explain why no machine could pass the Turing Test). Your essay should be about 800 words. Use quotes sparingly and do not use outside resources–this is not a research paper.
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