Artificial intelligence (AI) is developing at an extremely rapid pace. We expect to see significant changes in our society as AI systems become embedded in various aspects of our lives. This course will introduce students to philosophical issues raised by current and future AI systems.
No previous familiarity with the literature on AI will be assumed.
The class meets every week for 11 weeks for a 2-hour session.
The classes have a different format from that of most other philosophy courses. This format emphasises writing and discussion in class. Students are expected to have read the assigned readings in advance of the class. During class, students discuss the readings and work in small groups to answer questions based on the readings.
Groups may be instructed to argue for a particular case (pro or contra). They may asked to assess the merits of a given view. They may be asked to look for counterexamples to a generalisation or fallacies with a specific argument. They may be asked to find out some background information that is relevant to answering a question. After considering each question, the whole class comes together to discuss what each group has done, synthesize the results, and see how it helps address the topic for the week.
Questions considered in the course include: