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

In this course we consider the track record and prospects of artificial intelligence (AI) research, with special attention to AI's friends and foes within philosophy of mind. Roughly, the 60-odd years of AI effort separate into three pairs of decades. The most prominent work in each period, respectively, involves:

  1. cognition (e.g., inference and language use);
  2. perception (e.g., association and learning); and
  3. action (e.g., robotics and autonomy).

These respectively raise issues for philosophers about whether artificial machines can, and how natural creatures do:

  1. genuinely think and understand;
  2. skillfully perceive with common sense; and
  3. reach appropriate emotions and creative decisions.

We will end by focusing on artificial and natural consciousness, after asking: how steep a slide is it, from outsourcing our jobs/driving/wars to robots, to welcoming our Skynet overlords?

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Schedule

PHIL 340 - Minds and Machines
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
26729
Open
5
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Interested students are encouraged to join the waitlist. Any decision about adding sections will be made based upon the number of students on the waitlist.
002 (DIS)
 In Person
26730
Open
1
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
26731
Closed
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
26732
Open
2
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
30001
Open
1
 
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
32590
Closed
0
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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