Spring 2018


This class will explore the principles of Artificial Intelligence from several perspectives. Some of the questions we will ask include: What is the nature of intelligence? What is the relationship between information processing and intelligence? How might one go about modeling intelligence? Could a computational process manifest intelligence? and many others. These questions require both computational and philosophical perspectives and tools.

While many approaches to considering intelligence are available, we will use the notion of an agent as a unifying theme throughout the course. This will require an understanding of what we mean by agent and agency, and an exploration of how agents interact with their environment (and each other).

This suite of concerns draws from computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, religious studies, mathematics, economics, sociology, psychology, and communication studies. Thus, you will have many opportunities to experience a Christian liberal arts education in action.

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