[COGS 220] Artificial Intelligence in Fact and Fiction
This course is an introduction to cognitive science through artificial intelligence. Readings include many of the classic science fiction stories of authors like Stanislaw Lem and Isaac Asimov, as well as interdisciplinary readings that introduce the student to the actual state of the field of artificial intelligence. This course juxtaposes the “what ifs” of science fiction with the “what is” from the field itself. We survey the field of AI from Alan Turing’s work in the 1950s through the current theoretical explorations of philosophers, psychologists, and computer scientists. The questions we ask involve what “intelligence” is, how it shows itself in human beings and other animals, and what it might look like in a machine.
Artificial Intelligence in Fact and Fiction