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Artificial intelligence emerged during the late 1950’s as an academic discipline based on the assumption that computers are able to be programmed to think like people.
(A) are able to be programmed to think like people
(B) were able to be programmed to think as people
(C) can be programmed to think as people can
(D) could be programmed to think like people
(E) are capable of being programmed to think like people do
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08 Mar 2010, 22:57
Its between C&D

will choose C
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D is the correct answer because can is used for general ability whereas could is used for possibility.

A, B and E are eliminated because ability/capability is not used with things

found this explanation in other thread. hope this helps
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09 Mar 2010, 06:27
divanshuj wrote:
Artificial intelligence emerged during the late 1950’s as an academic discipline based on the assumption that computers are able to be programmed to think like people.
(A) are able to be programmed to think like people
(B) were able to be programmed to think as people
(C) can be programmed to think as people can
(D) could be programmed to think like people
(E) are capable of being programmed to think like people do

IMO C ... 'think as' not 'think like'

wats the OA ???
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09 Mar 2010, 07:35
POE leads to option C & D

I chose option D -- correct tense usage -- correct comparison between 'computers' and 'people' using "like"

IMO option C is ambiguous because of the comparison between actions (using "as") -- sounds like we are comparing the two of the following:
- computers can be programmed to think AS
- people can (be programmed to think)

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25 Aug 2011, 21:24
mustdoit wrote:
divanshuj wrote:
Artificial intelligence emerged during the late 1950’s as an academic discipline based on the assumption that computers are able to be programmed to think like people.
(A) are able to be programmed to think like people---- grammatical fallacy
(B) were able to be programmed to think as people---- were tense is wrong
(C) can be programmed to think as people can---- as is wrong (as used for examples)
(D) could be programmed to think like people (do)----correct
(E) are capable of being programmed to think like people do
----being incorrect

As is not used for examples it is Such as that is used for examples .
As is used to compare 2 Actions.
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26 Aug 2011, 11:47
gorupruthi wrote:
mustdoit wrote:
divanshuj wrote:
Artificial intelligence emerged during the late 1950’s as an academic discipline based on the assumption that computers are able to be programmed to think like people.
(A) are able to be programmed to think like people---- grammatical fallacy
(B) were able to be programmed to think as people---- were tense is wrong
(C) can be programmed to think as people can---- as is wrong (as used for examples)
(D) could be programmed to think like people (do)----correct
(E) are capable of being programmed to think like people do
----being incorrect

As is not used for examples it is Such as that is used for examples .
As is used to compare 2 Actions.

1+ C

"As" is used to give example of role playing or to compare two clauses.
Like can not be used to compare actions.
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10 Dec 2011, 23:56
So here is it talking about capability or possibility..thats the confusion.
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07 Sep 2012, 02:05
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Artificial intelligence emerged during the late 1950’s as an academic discipline based on the assumption that computers are able to be programmed to think like people.
(A) are able to be programmed to think like people
(B) were able to be programmed to think as people
(C) can be programmed to think as people can <wring because here we are saying that computers can be programmed to think as people ca be { programmed to think}
(D) could be programmed to think like people
(E) are capable of being programmed to think like people do

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IMO D.
Here is my approach.

Artificial intelligence emerged during the late 1950’s as an academic discipline based on the assumption that computers are able to be programmed to think like people.

(A) are able to be programmed to think like people >> tense problem
(B) were able to be programmed to think as people >> wordy and 'as' compares clauses, not noun. Here People is a noun.
(C) can be programmed to think as people can >> tense problem
(D) could be programmed to think like people >> it corrects tense problem, also 'like' correctly compares nouns. Hence it is the right answer.
(E) are capable of being programmed to think like people do >> tense problem
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06 Feb 2013, 22:19
Computers do not have abilities and they are not capable.... "Capable" and "able" are to "active" for inanimate objects to use.
Eliminate A, B and E.

Between C and D, we must eliminate C on grounds that it uses "can" which is not consistent with the past tense and "programmed to think as people can" . The intended meaning is to think like people.

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Check the logical context to realise that in
(C) can be programmed to think as people can.
'as people can' refers to the ability of the people to be programmed as the computers are , and not the thinking ability.
(D) could be programmed to think like people.
here it correctly refers to the comparison between the thinking ability of people and computers.

Please let me know if i am right.
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13 Jun 2014, 22:55
D should be the answer for this.
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