MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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11. Cyberspace, Cyborgs, and Artificial Intelligence

Weds Oct 13, 2004

The development of computerized technologies to extend, amplify and/or replace complex human actions, both physical and intellectual. A review of some Artificial Intelligence research programs and controversies, and discussion of some currently successful commercial and public projects.

I. Cyberspace

II. Cyborgs

III. Artificial Intelligence (AI)


Study Questions

  1. When we ask whether computers "know how" to play chess or other games, what do you think this "knowing how" represents? What is it to "know how" to do something?
  2. What do you make of the fact that there are so many robots in existence today, and yet we have the feeling that the "robot future" has not come into being as it was once imagined?
  3. What is called thinking? Where does this question come from, and what relevance does it have to the history of computers?
  4. How closely tied are the histories of robotics, automation, and computing?

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