Minds and Machines

Minds and Machines

You don't understand it if you don't know how to build it.

PHIL 4303.001 & PSYC 4390.002: Minds and Machines

Spring 2018
Don Berkich
TR 9:30 - 10:45, CS-114


Please note that this schedule is tentative and authoritative: Changes may be made, but they would be made here. Thus this page supersedes any page with which it conflicts..

Tue 1/16 Introduction  
Thu 1/18 The History of Cognition I: Ancient Philosophy  
Tue 1/23 The History of Cognition II: Modern Philosophy  
Thu 1/25 The History of Cognition III: Contemporary Philosophy Problem Set 01 Assigned
Tue 1/30 The History of Artificial Intelligence  
Thu 2/01 The Turing Test Problem Set 01 Due
Tue 2/06 Computability  
Thu 2/08 Computability, Complexity, and the Church-Turing Thesis Problem Set 02 Assigned
Tue 2/13 Class Canceled Due to Traditional Mind Building Exercise  
Thu 2/15 Robot Intentionality I: The Chinese Room Thought Experiment & the Replies Problem Set 02 Due; Problem Set 03 Assigned; Term Paper Prospectus Assigned
Tue 2/20 Robot Intentionality II: Boden's Response, Block's Response, and Searle's Argument  
Thu 2/22 Robot Intentionality III: Dretske's Response Problem Set 03 Due; Term Paper Prospectus Due; Problem Set 04 Assigned
Tue 2/27 Robot Intentionality IV: Dennett's Response & the Frame Problem Annotated Bibliography Assigned
Thu 3/01 Robot Intentionality V: Theories of Meaning Problem Set 04 Due; Problem Set 05 Assigned
Tue 3/06 Robot Intentionality VI: Externalism and Distributed Cognition  
Thu 3/08 Consciousness I: The (Hard) Problem Problem Set 05 Due; Problem Set 06 Assigned
Tue 3/13 Spring Break  
Thu 3/15 Spring Break  
Tue 3/20 Consciousness II: The Knowledge Argument  
Thu 3/22 Consciousness III: The Modal Gap Problem Set 06 Due; Problem Set 07 Assigned
Tue 3/27 Consciousness IV: The Explanatory Gap Annotated Bibliography Due; Term Paper Rough Draft Assigned
Thu 3/29 Consciousness V: Responses Problem Set 07 Due; Problem Set 08 Assigned
Tue 4/03 Machine Autonomy I: The Traditional Problem of Freedom of Will  
Thu 4/05 Machine Autonomy II: Against Machine Agency Problem Set 08 Due; Problem Set 09 Assigned
Tue 4/10 Machine Autonomy III: Against Machine Autonomy  
Thu 4/12 Robot Persons I Problem Set 09 Due; Problem Set 10 Assigned
Tue 4/17 Robot Persons II Term Paper Rough Draft Due; Term Paper Final Draft Assigned
Thu 4/19 NFAI I: Connectionism, Genetic Algorithms, Artificial Life, and Situated Robotics  
Tue 4/24 NFAI II: The Coming Revolution Problem Set 10 Due
Thu 4/26 NFAI III: The Age of the Robot  
Tue 5/01 Closing Remarks  
Thu 5/03 Reading Day  
Mon 5/07 Office Hours: Noon-5:00pm  
Wed 5/09 Office Hours: Noon-5:00pm Term Paper Final Draft Due