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    Otterbein University
  Feb 20, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

INST 4200 - Machine Intelligence

Hours: 4
The notion of machine intelligence, and also questions concerning its implications, have circulated both in popular culture and academic venues ever since Arthur C. Clarke and Staley Kubrick introduced us to the HAL-9000 computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey”. From the Terminator to “smart” phones, from C3P0 to the Google search-engine, both the nature and boundaries of intelligence have come into question. We will survey the last 50 years of approaches to machine intelligence, examine the conceptual and technological foundations of these approaches, and consider the cultural trends in understanding the relationship between man and machine. This course will allow students to explore the philosophical and ethical questions that arise in the context of machine intelligence, and in the process develop a better understanding of the current capabilities and limitations of technology, as well as a sense of their ethical role in engaging technology.
Notes: Paired with PHIL 3200 or PSYC 3710 to fulfill the dyad requirement.