PHIL235

Cyberspace, Cyborgs, and the Meaning of Life

15 points

Not offered 2021, offered in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts

Description

This course investigates a raft of questions - concerning mind, metaphysics, knowledge and human nature - thrown up by the ongoing revolution in information technology. These include: Might I attain immortality by porting myself into cyberspace? Am I already in cyberspace? Is the universe nothing but a computer? Should we fear a forthcoming Age of Robots? Is my iPhone part of my mind? Could a computer ever be programmed to be creative and intelligent, and to equal or exceed the problem solving capacities of the human brain?

Pre-requisites

Any 15 points at 100 level in PHIL, COSC, DIGI, or
MATH, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA or
the BSc.

Restrictions

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