PHIL 340 - Minds and Machines
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course will discuss minds, machines, the relationships between them, and the relationships they encourage and discourage. Throughout we will compare and contrast human minds and brains with machine ‘minds’ and ‘brains,’ considering questions like: Could a machine have a mind? Could a machine be conscious, or think in the ways that people do? What can human brains teach us about how a thinking machine might work, and vice versa? What might information processing, information integration, and information availability have to do with consciousness? Could the internet be conscious? How could we tell? How do machines and our interactions with them influence how humans think, learn, reason, and know? What are the promises and perils of artificial intelligence, big data, and gargantuan networks, especially when the underlying mechanics of machine and network reasoning are not transparent to us? How should machines be treated—including machines that exhibit some but not all features of human minds? Why? How should machines treat us?

Course Requirements:

In addition to reading from the required texts, we will read selected articles and watch several films (available online), including Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World; Spike Jonze’s Her; Lilly and Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix, and an episode or two of Black Mirror.

Class Format:

The lecture will be taught remotely. The discussion sections will be taught in-person.

Schedule

PHIL 340 - Minds and Machines
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001 (LEC)
 Online
22728
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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002 (DIS)
 In Person
22729
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
22730
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
22731
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1
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
23655
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
29581
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
29582
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
32643
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
32644
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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