Minds & Machines: Week 2 – Minds and Computers (part II)

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)

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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

Philosophy of Technology: Humans vs Machines – Final Week

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

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 6

This week's session focused on AI and Machine Ethics. Kerry began the session by talking about a recent article and an interview with Elon Musk on Lateline talking about humans merging with machines. You can access the article in question by clicking here. This idea is not new and has been around for over 50 … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 6

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 4

The main focus this week was the Edge question - What to Think About Machines That Think. We read and discussed a range of articles that addressed this question. We started the session by discussing the question, 'What is thinking?'. We gave Kerry lots of different ways we think, such as analysing, creative, imagination, rational … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 4