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851-0144-21L  Philosophical Issues and Problems in Theoretical Computer Science

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersG. Sommaruga, J. Copeland, D. Proudfoot
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentParticularly suitable for students of D-INFK


AbstractThis 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.