24.119 Mind and Machines, Spring 2003
Mind and Machines
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Examination of problems in the intersection of artificial intelligence, psychology, and philosophy. Issues discussed: whether people are Turing Machines, whether computers can be conscious, limitations on what computers can do, computation and neurophysiology, the Turing test, the analog/digital distinction, the Chinese Room argument, the causal efficacy of content, the inverted spectrum, mental representation, procedural semantics, connectionism, the relation between simulation and explanation, and whether some aspects of mentality are more resistant to programming than others.
artificial intelligence, psychology, philosophy, turning machines, consciousness, computer limitations, computations, neurophysiology, Turing test, the analog/digital distinction, Chinese Room argument, causal efficacy of content, inverted spectrum, mental representation, procedural semantics, connectionism, Philosophy of mind