851-0101-89L  Philosophical Issues and Problems in Theoretical Computer Science

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersD. Proudfoot
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractThis course studies philosophical issues concerning computers and computing.Topics include: information (and information content), computational complexity, the Turing Test for computer thought; the "Chinese Room" argument against the possibility of strong AI; connectionist AI; consciousness; the Church-Turing thesis; computational and hypercomputational models of mind; and free will.
Objective- Exhibit a general understanding of the philosophy and history of computing.

- Explain central problems in the field and their potential solutions, independently and at a level requiring in-depth knowledge and critical understanding.

- Communicate clearly in writing about topics in this field.