The course will enable students to understand and evaluate major philosophical and technological discussions surrounding AI and its applications.
Room 48-462 Time Thursdays, 1:45 - 3:15 pm
- the possibility of AI, strong/weak AI, Turing test
- Chinese rooms, symbol grounding, physicality
- scientific method, automated scientific discovery
- evolution of autonomous behavior, evolutionary psychology
- synthetic biology, organic computing
- foundations from neurobiology
- Turing-Church thesis, physical limits of computation
- hypercomputation and AI
- theories of consciousness
- free will, dualism
- intelligent agents and game theory
- direct brain machine interfaces, augmented cognition, mind reading
- nanotechnology, transhumanism, the singularity
- simulation hypothesis, virtual worlds
- quantum mechanics and observation
- social and intelligent agents, interaction, "laws of robotics"
- history and literature of AI and artificial agents
Exercises: Thursday 15:30 - 17:00 (Starting from 22.11.2012). Room: 48 - 210
Please sign up here for the exercise sessions (necessary for obtaining credit points) [Closed]
Exam Registration: In order to arrange an appointment for the oral exam, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The exam will take place in the second week of April (the exam appointment should also be registered with the Prüfungsamt).
- The submission deadline for the exercise, writing an essay on the simulation hypothesis, is 24 January 2013. Submissions should be made to the following email address:
(Please also note that this exercise should be done individually and not in groups)
- For the proposal preparation exercise, please note that it needs be related to the topics covered in the class. As described in class, the proposal should have the form of a Ph.D. research proposal. Please include at least five references to papers from the relevant literature and be prepared to answer questions about those papers. Have a look at material on the web on how to write Ph.D. research proposals.
- For the oral exam, please bring a copy of all your exercises, the proposal, and the research papers you based your proposal on.