If one's goals are decided for one by some other agency, then one acts as an automaton with
no free will. For example, the commands "fetch that book" or "take that hill from the enemy,"
define goals, and if one is compelled to obey, as in the case of a slave or soldier, then one
effectively has no free will for the choosing of the goal. Given a defined (reachable) goal
and a defined process for achieving it, a deterministic system following the defined algorithm
is all that is required to achieve the goal. Such systems may also be called robots, but they
are not necessarily intelligent.
Not to diminish the truth of the above, it must be said that it is easier to command an intelligent
entity than it is to program a robot.
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