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Humanities and Creative Arts
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.