Diane Proudfoot: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2016
|Name||Ms Diane Proudfoot|
c/o Frau Victoria Laszlo
ETH Zürich, CLW C 1
|Department||Humanities, Social and Political Sciences|
|851-0144-21L||Philosophical Issues and Problems in Theoretical Computer Science|
Particularly suitable for students of D-INFK
|3 credits||2V||G. Sommaruga, J. Copeland, D. Proudfoot|
|Abstract||This course studies philosophical issues concerning computers and computing. |
Topics include: information (and information content), computational complexity, the Turing Test for computer thought; the "Chinese Room" argument against the possibility of strong AI; connectionist AI; consciousness; the Church-Turing thesis; computational and hypercomputational models of mind; and free will.
|Objective||- Exhibit a general understanding of the philosophy and history of computing.|
- Explain central problems in the field and their potential solutions, independently and at a level requiring in-depth knowledge and critical understanding.
- Communicate clearly in writing about topics in this field.