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Philosophy of Computing and Information

The course surveys a large spectrum of philosophical issues and problems related to the development of modern information technologies (IT). It includes an analysis of basic IT concepts (such as computing, information and complexity), the role of IT in the acquiring, storage and dissemination of knowledge, economic and social effects of implementation of new IT including the related ethical problems as well as the conceptions of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Special attention will be given to students’ capacities of responsible critical thinking about the development and implementation of new IT and to the awareness of historical continuity between the modern IT and more traditional technologies of proceeding, storing and transmitting information including traditional computational methods, writing culture and printing of books. Among the large spectrum of topics touched upon during the lectures and seminars each student will choose a topic for an individual project that is approved by the professor. Preliminary results of students’ projects will be presented at the end of the course orally and discussed in the class. On this basis students will prepare their final papers in the standard academic format.

Credits: 6/3

Course ID: PHIL_D_104


Teachers:

  • Rodin Andrey

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Semester: Spring

Complies with general requirements: Yes

Course Type: Elective Course

Language: English