The University of Kent is launching a unique cross-disciplinary degree course that explores artificial intelligence (AI) from the combined perspectives of computer science, philosophy, psychology, biology and electronics.
Championed by technology experts and visionaries ranging from Bill Gates to film-maker George Lucas, AI is about making computers behave intelligently – for instance, by performing tasks requiring the ability to learn, to reason and to cope with unpredicted situations. Lucas told delegates at a recent computing conference in Los Angeles that advancements in AI will vastly change technology ‘to a point where you can talk to a computer game and the game will talk back’. Other important applications include robotics, data mining and computer vision.
Kent’s new degree builds on its well-regarded Computer Science curriculum and integrates a broad spectrum of artificial intelligence topics – including techniques inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution, genetics, neurobiology, cognitive science, insect swarms and logic. Fundamental philosophical issues are also examined – such as whether machines could become conscious.
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