David M. Nixon
Examines a topic, theme, or problem at the intersection of science, technology, and society.
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
Some of the readings may be difficult for those who don't have any experience in contemporary philosophy.
Class assignments and grading