Minds & Machines: Week 1 – Minds and Computers

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

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AI, robots and lawn bowls

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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

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 9

The penultimate week of the course. This week we focused on self-driving cars and drone technology. We started by talking about how the motor vehicle has shaped our urban environments. Cities are designed around cars, street layout, bridges, intersections, tunnels, road signs, traffic lights and more, it is all because of the car. When something … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 9

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 5

One of the main topics this week was the idea of a utopian/dystopian society created by technology. We started the session by talking about computers and the way they think. They are not random, their task is to achieve a goal, they are goal-driven. Humans are much more random with their thoughts, we think just … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 5

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 2

The main focus of this weeks class was Technology and Politics. The meaning of politics here is that of society, the way we organise and arrange ourselves and how we promote certain values. So, a broad socio-economic arrangement. The question we wanted to answer was is technology politically neutral? We started by agreeing that technology … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 2

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 1

My first new course for 2017 is Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine, a 10 week course at the University of Sydney. In this opening week of the course we learnt what technology is, and isn't, and had some interesting debates about driverless cars, human looking robots, Aristotle, Kant, Heidegger and Freud. So, what is … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 1