CISXXX: The Singularity

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Computers will soon have more raw compute power and memory than brains, and many scientists believe that computers will, in your lifetime, be vastly smarter in all ways than any human. (Many other scientists believe this is ridiculous.) The rapid transition from humans to computers as the dominant source of intelligence has been called "the singularity." This course will look closely at predictions of when and how the singularity might happen, with particular attention to technology forecasting methodology and to approaches to artificial general intelligence. We will also study scenarios and speculation as to what life might look like during and after the singularity.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:

The course will take the form of a reading group, with classes devoted to discussions of primary literature. Students will be graded on class discussion, short homeworks, their contributions to the course wiki, and on a final paper.

No prerequisites.

 

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ADDITIONAL READINGS:

We will also critically examine a large number of singularity-related articles. (Warning: don't believe everything you read.)