851-0144-21L Philosophical Issues and Problems in Theoretical Computer Science
|Semester||Autumn Semester 2016|
|Lecturers||G. Sommaruga, J. Copeland, D. Proudfoot|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Comment||Particularly suitable for students of D-INFK|
|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.