Topics in Philosophy: Intelligence in Machines, Humans, and Other Animals
Professor: Paul Thagard
Office hours (HH368): TTh 11:30-12:30, and by appointment.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: extension 33594.
Web page: http://cogsci.uwaterloo.ca/courses/phil371.html.
Time: TTh, 4:00-5:20, RCH 206.
Textbook: Paul Thagard, Brain-Mind: From Neurons to Consciousness and Creativity, draft 2.
Description: Intelligence is the capacity to learn, understand, reason, act, and manage other mental functions. This course will systematically compare intelligence as it operates in computers, humans, other animals, and maybe plants. We will discuss general questions about the nature of intelligence and ethical questions about its operation in computers and animals.
Please do not use laptops and other electronic devices in class, for reasons given on my blog.
This class counts toward the Cognitive Science Minor.
Readings (will be updated; see also links below):
|Week||Dates||Humans (Brain-Mind chapter)||Machines||Animals|
|1||Jan. 6-8||1. Minds||Goel & Davies||Plants|
|2||Jan. 13-15||2. Brains||IBM Watson||Jellyfish|
|3||Jan. 20-22||3. Images||Google cars||Bees|
|4||Jan. 27-29||4. Concepts||CYC||Octopuses|
|5||Feb. 3-5||5. Rules||Rosie||Fish|
|6||Feb. 10-12||6. Analogies||Recommender||Crows|
|7||Feb. 24-26||7. Emotions||Affective computing||Dogs|
|8. Consciousness||Tononi||Prairie dogs|
|9||Mar. 10-12||9. Action||BigDog||Dolphins|
|10||Mar. 17-19||10. Language||Siri; Google translate||Monkeys|
|11||Mar. 24-26||11. Creativity||Chef Watson||Chimpanzees|
|12||Mar. 31-Apr. 2||12. The Self||Facebook assistant||Bonobos|
Lecture notes and links
Instructions for writing commentaries:
For each class in weeks 2-11, hand in at the BEGINNING of the class a short commentary, maximum 100 words, on the claim, hypothesis, or issue that you found most interesting in the reading. Your commentary should identify the claim that interests you and the strongest evidence for and against it. The purpose of these commentaries is to ensure that everyone comes to class prepared for discussion. Discussion questions will be available here the afternoon before the class. Tuesday's class will focus on humans, and Thursday's on machines, with animals interspersed.
From the Faculty of Arts:
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Faculty of Arts information on plagiarism and other offences.
Computational Epistemology Laboratory.
This page updated Mar. 16, 2015