Schedule of Topics
Throughout history, we, people, have
been fascinated by ourselves. Our fascination has led us to imagine that we
could create artificial copies of ourselves. Early legends document those
dreams. Our literature, movies
and art embody more of those imaginings. As soon as we had technology, we began
to use it to realize our dreams.
And now the modern computer gives us the opportunity 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
culminating with modern artificial intelligence. We’ll end with a discussion of
the question, “Suppose that eventually we can build artificial people,
stories and plays
- Automata in the age of technology before computers
and other early automata
can be represented in binary
things can be described using some kind of logical formalism
perils of exponential growth
exist undecidable problems
is it and how will we recognize it?
importance of knowledge
that beat us at our own games
role playing games: blending imagination with science
closest relatives - chimpanzees
merging human and machine
Luddite argument: how will people eat if their jobs disappear?
smart machines replace us?
is liable for the behavior of artificially intelligent systems?