The main topic this week were the Pre-Socratic philosophers. In particular we talked about Thales, Parmenides, Heraclitus and Democritus. The pre-socratics were framework breakers. They invented a whole new way of thinking. Framework breakers ask open questions, not closed questions. Why does the sun move across the sky? Instead of, which God makes the sun … Continue reading Introduction to Philosophy – Week 2 (The Pre-Socratics)
This week both lectures continued on from part one and the debate between strong AI and weak AI. This week we also looked at what is an argument and what makes a good argument. An argument is a list of sentences. These sentences are called premises and they need not be true. If they are … Continue reading Minds & Machines: Week 2 – Minds and Computers (part II)
My new philosophy course is an introduction to the subject that aims to cover the history of philosophy and explore some of the great thinkers including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hobbs, Lock, Kant, Nietzsche and Foucault. This first session was an introduction to the course. What is Philosophy? Philosophy is the activity of working out the … Continue reading Introduction to Philosophy – Week 1
This week I started a new online MOOC through MITx called Minds and Machines. This course is an introduction to philosophy of the mind. Some of the questions we will be thinking about in this course are: Are you an “immaterial soul” , distinct from your brain and body? Alternatively, are you simply a material … Continue reading Minds & Machines: Week 1 – Minds and Computers
Leonardo of Pisa is probably not a name you will instantly recognise, but, you are sure to know him by his nickname - Fibonacci, the 13th century mathematician from Italy. Fibonacci roughly translates to 'Son of Bonacci' and this name was given to Leonardo by the French mathematician Édouard Lucas in the 1870s. A recent Sydney … Continue reading Who was Leonardo of Pisa?
Topic: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence Year group: Year 6 Task: Build and code a robot that learns from past experiences Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most important technology of our era. In particular, machine learning (ML) is going to play a vital role in how the human race makes progress in the decades to come in … Continue reading AI, robots and lawn bowls
In this final session we discussed some of the best sci-fi films that explore issues of technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and more. In particular we discussed the film Ex Machina and watched some scenes from the movie. Kerry has recommended Ex Machina from week 1 of the course and says it was one of the best … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Humans vs Machines – Final Week