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David M. Nixon
BISSTS 397
Bothell Campus

Topics in Science, Technology, and Society

Examines a topic, theme, or problem at the intersection of science, technology, and society.

Class description

This course is about the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI). We approach this topic primarily from a philosophical perspective, asking questions like, "Are there philosophical reasons (as opposed to technological obstacles) for thinking that AI is impossible?", "What is meant by 'artificial'?" "What is meant by 'intelligence'?"

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Reading, discussion.

Recommended preparation

Some of the readings may be difficult for those who don't have any experience in contemporary philosophy.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David M. Nixon
Date: 01/25/2011