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PHIL2680: Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

2022 unit information

Artificial intelligence (AI) pervades the world we live in, shaping our everyday experiences and influencing the decisions we make. This unit explores some of the philosophical problems that AI raises - what does it mean for an AI algorithm to be fair and transparent, and how can fairness and transparency be promoted? We also scrutinize claims that AI techniques can solve certain age-old philosophical problems - can ideas from machine learning answer skepticism and implement Occam's razor? The unit is for both philosophy majors and majors in scientific and mathematical disciplines who are interested in how their fields overlap with epistemology, philosophy of science, logic, and ethics.

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Code PHIL2680
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate understanding of philosophical problems raised by artificial intelligence
  • LO2. Contribute to current debates about the nature and implications of artificial intelligence, both orally and in writing
  • LO3. Demonstrate the ability to apply basic ideas from mathematical learning theory to the problem of induction and related philosophical problems
  • LO4. Demonstrate an ability to understand and critically respond to philosophical and scientific texts about artificial intelligence

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Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote

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