LECTURES 2011

COMPUTING AND PHILOSOPHY - CaP COURSE

Course organizer, MDH: Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic

Course organizer, UIS (every second year, not 2011): Peter (Piotr) Boltuc

 

All the lecture materials will be available on this web page, some of them are recorded.

L0

 INTRO class meeting - learning about the class (Session 1)

Video-recorded: Introduction to the course Gordana D-C (recorded 2008)

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 Prologue: What is this course all about? (Session 2)

ARTICLE 1: What a Course on Philosophy of Computing Is Not Vincent C. Müller,
APA* Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, 8 (1/Fall), p. 36

ARTICLE 2: Computing and Philosophy Global Course Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic

APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers Vol. 08, No. 1 (Fall 2008) ) p.38

Knowledge units in the course   *American Philosophical Association

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I. Introduction to PHILOSOPHY OF Information (Session 3)

ARTICLE 1: Trends in the Philosophy of Information, Luciano Floridi, Handbook of Philosophy of Information, ed. by Adriaans P and van Benthem J
Recommended additionally:
http://sir.arizona.edu/resources/podcasts/video/Lazerow.wmv Luciano Floridi lecture

ARTICLE 2: Epistemology as information theory: from Leibniz to Ω  Chaitin G in Computation, Information, Cognition, ed. by Dodig Crnkovic G and  Stuart S Cambridge Scholars, 2007

Recommended additionally:
Greg Chaitin's Alan Turing Lecture at ECAP 2005 conference

Information by Marcia J. Bates

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II. Philosophical Foundations of ComputING, INFO-COMPUTATIONALISM  AND PANCOMPUTATIONALISM (Session 4)

ARTICLE 1: Computation. Copeland J , The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Computing and Information

ARTICLE 2: The Great Principles of Computing Peter J. Denning & VIDEO

VIDEO-RECORDED LECTURES, Gordana Dodig Crnkovic:

Info-Computationalism ( ICON ) Part 1  + PPT Presentation Part 1

Info-Computationalism ( ICON ) Part 2  + PPT Presentation Part 2

Info-Computationalism ( ICON ) Part 3  + PPT Presentation Part 3

(If video links at MDH do not work try Google Video)

VIDEO: Evolutionary Perspectives (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet, Steven Pinker, Jared Diamond and Douglas Adam (9:53)

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III. PHILOSOPHY OF AI (Session 5)

ARTICLE 1: Turing, Alan (1950), ‘Computing machinery and intelligence’,
Mind LIX, 433-60.
http://www.loebner.net/Prizef/TuringArticle.html

ARTICLE 2: Searle, John R. (1980), ‘Minds, brains and programs’, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3, 417-57. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.83.5248&rep=rep1&type=pdf

VIDEO: Jeff Hawkins on Artificial Intelligence: (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5)

VIDEO:  Daniel Dennett on mind (7:40)

VIDEO:  John R. Searle on consciousness (3:06)

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IV:  Philosophical Issues in Computer Consciousness (Session 6)

Machine Consciouness is a sub-field of AI, working closely with neuroscience, that tries to define what a conscious machine would be, and to build one. Some of the leaders of the field include Stan Franklin, Aaron Sloman and Igor Aleksander.

Article 1: A. Sloman and R. Chrisley, Virtual Machines and Consciousness,  
In Journal of Consciousness Studies, 10, No. 4-5, 2003 (Special issue on Machine Consciousness, edited by Owen Holland.)

Article 2:  Aaron Sloman, Phenomenal and Access Consciousness and The "Hard" Problem: A View From The Designer Stance, International Journal of Machine Consciousness, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2010) 117 169
 

Background information, Blackwell Guide article: (optional)

McLaughlin Brian Computationalism, Connectionism and the Philosophy of Mind (pp.135ff)


VIDEO-RECORDED LECTURES:

Daniel Dennett  

David Chalmers

Panel: Consciousness, Complex Cognition, and Language
 

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V: INFORMATION, COMPUTATION AND LIVING SYSTEMS (Session 7)

ARTICLE 1: Brier, S.  (2003): Information seen as part of the development of living intelligence: the five leveled Cybersemiotic framework for FIS, Entropy: 2003, 5, 88-99. 

ARTICLE 2: Hofkirchner, W.(2009)  Does Computing Embrace Self-Organisation? from
INFORMATION AND COMPUTATION book forthcoming 2010

LECTURE (Søren Brier)

VIDEO-RECORDED:

Do Brains Make Minds?

Can the Mind Just Be A Machine?

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VI. COMPUTER ETHICS (Session 8)

Article 1:  Deborah Johnson: Ethics online. Communications of the ACM, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Jan. 1997), 60-65.

Article 2:  James H. Moor: Just consequentialism and computing. Ethics and Information Technology, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jan. 1998), 61-65

VIDEO-RECORDED LECTURES: Keith Miller L1, (9 min): L2, (12 min): L3, (20.5 min):

Terrell  Bynum A Look into the Future of ICT North American Computing and Philosophy Conference

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VII. PHILOSOPHY OF COMPUTER SCIENCE (Session 9)

ARTICLE 1: Methodology of Computer Science, Colburn T Ch. 24 of the Blackwell Guide

ARTICLE 2: Logicism and the Development of Computer Science, Gillies D, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence n. 2408, pp. 588-604, 2002. http://www.springerlink.com/content/b3byl6axrrmeuwef/

Recommended additionally:

The Philosophy of Computer Science Turner, R.& Eden, A., The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Philosophy of Computer Science: An Introductory Course Bill Rappaport

Know Your Discipline: Teaching the Philosophy of Computer Science Matti Tedre

VIDEO-RECORDED LECTURES: Gaetano Lanzarone: PART 1  PART 2

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VIII. COMPUTING VS. COMPUTER SCIENCE, NEW PERSPECTIVES (SESSION 10)

Article 1: The Many Facets of Natural Computing by Lila Kari and Grzegorz Rozenberg

Article 2: Computing is a Natural Science by Peter J. Denning

Additional materials:
 Spatial Computing: From Manifold Geometry to Biological Engineering (vido)
 Nexus of Biology and Computing (presentation)

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IX.  COMPUTING IN ARTS (SESSION 11)
Article 1: A Philosophy of Computer Art, Dominic McIver Lopes
Article 2: Computer Art, Berys Gaut

ComputING & ARTS Lecture

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X.  GUEST LECTURE (SESSION 12)
Oguzhan Ozcan The Design Thinking Process
Article 1:
Research Through Design as a Method for Interaction
Design Research in HCI
- John Zimmerman, Jodi Forlizzi, Shelley Evenson
ARTICLE 2: User-created Forms as an Effective Method of Human-agent
Communication
- Zimmerman et al.

 

For each session we have chosen two papers (Article 1 and Article 2) you should read before
in order to prepare for the discussion and you will also write your thoughts about in your Notebooks.

Modified 2012-01-15 GDC