DIGI102-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Computers, Artificial Intelligence, and the Information Society

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

Our art, culture, politics, society, and economy are powered by computing machines. This course will provide an outline history of computing from the 1930s to the present day, and offers students an introduction to the foundations of computing and information processing, as well as to the corporations who sell us our devices and software, and to moral, philosophical and ethical issues fundamental to information, information-processing, and the information society. The course also examines Artificial Intelligence: what is AI and can it be achieved? How could you tell whether a computer has a mind? Is the human brain in fact a computer? In addition, some specifically Maori computing initiatives will be described and placed in their philosophical context.

Restrictions

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 17:00 - 18:00 A3 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 A3 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 26 May
01-P2 Thursday 17:00 - 18:30 A3 Lecture Theatre 27 May - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Karl Popper 612 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Karl Popper 612 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Tuesday 18:00 - 19:00 A7 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jack Copeland

Lecturer

Michael Grimshaw

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Learning Journal 15% 1 brief entry per week. Due each week by midnight Friday.
Blog 16 Mar 2018 15% 500 words
Essay 11 May 2018 40% 1200 words
Class test 30 May 2018 30% 5pm - 6.15pm (75 mins)

Textbooks / Resources

(*Image: "Honda Asimo" by Zoohouse, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.)

Course links

Library portal
Philosophy Essay Writing Guide (available to all enrolled Philosophy students)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All DIGI102 Occurrences

  • DIGI102-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019