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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

Catalogue data

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.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersG. Sommaruga, J. Copeland, D. Proudfoot
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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851-0144-21 VPhilosophical Issues and Problems in Theoretical Computer Science28s hrs
Mon/213-15LFW C 11 »
Wed/213-15LFW C 1 »
G. Sommaruga, J. Copeland, D. Proudfoot


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Doctoral Department of Humanities, Social and Political SciencesDoctoral and Post-Doctoral CoursesWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectivePhilosophyWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveD-INFKWInformation