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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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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Philosophy Essay Writing Guide (available to all enrolled Philosophy students)
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.