PHIL 340 - Minds and Machines
Winter 2016, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

We will test the view that minds are like software running on brainy hardware, software that might also run on nonbiological hardware. To do so we will try to sketch a detailed design for an artificially intelligent robot. (With flowcharts — no programming experience will be presupposed.) We will try to break minds into component operations—such as perception, motor skills, emotions, reasoning, decision making, language, and consciousness — and try to understand how each of these works and how they relate to one another. We will pay special attention to the overall track record of artificial intelligence research, and to philosophical challenges to its eventual success. Could nonbiological beings think at all? Could machines have free will, creativity, consciousness, or common sense? How big a step is it, from outsourcing our jobs/driving/wars to autonomous robots, to welcoming our Skynet overlords?

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Schedule

PHIL 340 - Minds and Machines
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
30845
Open
4
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
30850
Closed
0
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
30851
Open
2
 
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Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
30852
Open
2
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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