Instructions: Read the following book. If you need to skim, be sure that you have a good grasp of the core ideas. In addition watch the required films that are listed just below the books. After reading the required books for the week and watching the required films, please respond to this week’s essay question.
Watch this first: HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, Part Three (provides an overview of modern philosophy up to Sartre)
BOOKS FOR THIS WEEK
EINSTEIN’S WASTEBASKET | Audio version
Estimated reading time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
The Avatar Project | Audio version
Estimated reading time: 1 hour and 17 minutes
Extra Credit (not required, but encouraged)
Future Thinking | Audio version
Neural Surfer Diary | Audio version
1. Ray Kurzweil
2. Stephen Wolfram
3. The Time Machine
4. Alan Turing Lecture
5. The Codex Funeral
6. Is the Universe an App?
7. The Wolfram Conclusion
8. The Complexity of Consciousness
9. Global Positioning Intelligence
10. Zombie Consciousness
All films are available as closed caption (just click on the CC button when watching)
REQUIRED TWO ESSAY QUESTIONS: 1. Do you think artificial intelligence will be a significant problem in the future? 2. How has technology impacted your life? Be sure to support your answers with references to the required readings and films. Each answer should be at least 150 words.
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