This course explores the idea of artificial intelligence (A.I.) from three different perspectives: scientific, philosophical, and cultural. The scientific perspective provides insight as to how artificial intelligence technologies work, the current limitations, and supposed future potential. The philosophical perspective explores whether A.I. is good or bad, essential or dangerous, and what the future could hold. The cultural angle examines how society views A.I. and whether these views are accurate. Toward the end of the course deeper topics will be introduced including how A.I. compares to human intelligence, the singularity, and futurism.
NOTE: This course has mandatory chats.
This course will provide students with an introduction to philosophy as well as an opportunity to examine and discuss issues that are widely debated amongst philosophers. Issues such as skepticism, free-will and the existence of a God will play prominent roles in this course. Students will examine classical and modern philosophers as they struggled with their own thoughts as they were compared to more accepted religious and scientific theories. Readings will focus upon philosophers such as Plato, Socrates, Locke and Descartes, as well as more prominent contemporary philosophers Robert Nozick, Hilary Putnam and Thomas Nagel. Students will be introduced to philosophical arguments and the forms and methods in which arguments should be conducted and analyzed.
*NOTE: Students wanting to register for a General Education course as part of their Full time certificate/diploma program should make sure to receive formal approval from their Program Coordinator. It should be noted that some general education courses are too close to the vocational specializations of specific programs and are therefore excluded as an option for students. It’s therefore important to receive formal approval before registration.