SCI 48 — An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: How Neuroscience Is Creating Smarter Technologies
In this course, students will look at the neuroscience concepts and techniques that underpin artificial intelligence and the design of intelligent computer systems. Once we understand these essential concepts and techniques, we will see how scientists and programmers build artificial intelligence platforms and applications. This includes a discussion of artificial neural networks and machine learning. Guest speakers from academia, industry, and AI companies will discuss their innovations and new AI technologies. Lastly, we will begin to explore the ethics of artificial intelligence and the challenging questions we will soon be forced, as a society, to address. By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of artificial intelligence and its roots in neuroscience, and how it contributes to existing and new technologies.
This introductory course is open to students of all levels. No background in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, or computer science is needed.
Please note: The instructor will also co-teach SCI: 52: "Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to Neural Networks and Deep Learning" with Ronjon Nag this Winter. Prospective students should review both syllabi to determine which course best suits their needs.