NSC 110 Deans Scholars Seminar
Mirrors on Ourselves
Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00
Schedule of Topics
What Makes Us Us?
Should We Do It?
Throughout history, we, people, have been fascinated by
our ability to think, to solve problems, and to communicate with each other.
We have studied ourselves and we have imagined ways in which we could build
artificial copies of ourselves. Our literature describes some of those
imaginings. Some of our early technology embodies other attempts. The modern
computer gives us the opportunity to test all of our theories and to build
agents that have begun to rival people in performing some kinds of
"intelligent" tasks. The goal of this course is to explore our
attempts to build artificial people, starting with early legends and ending
with modern artificial intelligence.
We’ll end with a discussion of the question, “Suppose that
eventually we can build artificial people, should we?”
Elaine Rich - email@example.com