This specialization examines the ways in which our current understanding of human thinking is both illuminated and challenged by the evolving techniques and ideas of artificial intelligence and computer science. Our collective understanding of “minds” – both biological and computational – has been revolutionized over the past half-century by themes originating in fields like cognitive psychology, machine learning, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and game theory, among others. This specialization focuses on both the larger “historical” arc of these changes as well as current research directions and controversies.
By completing the Mind and Machine specialization, students will be able to: (1) demonstrate their understanding of topics and strategies through quizzes, and (2) discuss and debate different arguments and interpretations of philosophical issues in discussions and peer-reviewed activities.
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Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The Specialization takes approximately 15 weeks to complete.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No background knowledge is necessary.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
It is recommended you complete the courses in order.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
University credit is not currently offered for this Specialization.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
By completing this Specialization, you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of topics and strategies and discuss and debate different arguments and interpretations of philosophical issues as they relate to the mind and machines.