Course Description

Online Course | Summer 2020

This course is now **FULL**

It’s a brave new world!

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are being developed at an incredible rate. We are already witnessing the significant changes to our personal, social and cultural landscapes as AI systems are increasingly embedded into our daily lives, and entrusted to manage more of our important tasks. Along with the many benefits AI has produced, there have emerged many worries as well. The aim of this course will be to rigorously explore the various complex philosophical issues that have arisen due to the emergence of current and future AI systems. 

Our course will be investigating questions such as:

  • What is the ethics of artificial intelligence?
  • Does the future of AI pose an existential threat to humanity?
  • How do we prevent learning algorithms from acquiring morally objectionable biases?
  • Should autonomous AI be used to kill in warfare?
  • Is it permissible to fall in love with an AI system?
  • Can AI systems be moral agents? Can they suffer moral harms?
  • Is it possible for AI to be authentically creative?
  • What does the use of AI in creating Deep Fakes mean for testimony and trustworthiness?
  • Should we be trying to make AI more human (i.e. conscious, social, etc…)?
  • In what ways can AI serve as a catalyst for human happiness and flourishing?

The course will be taught completely online in the flipped classroom style.

Course Start Date: June 1st (runs for 12 weeks)

When: Every Monday

Time: 5–6:30 BST


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