Computers and Cognition

Spring 2018
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Freshman–Senior
8
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Ab Van Etten
computer science

What types of problems can be solved by computers? How do humans and computers differ in the types of problems they can solve? What is the future of computing, and will computers evolve an intelligence that includes what we would define as human thought? Can computers learn or create on their own? This program will explore the basics of computer science, how computers work, and their possibilities and limits. The program will include basic programming in Javascript, Web development, introductory computer electronics, and other computer science topics. We will contrast this with human cognition. We will then look at how computers will likely affect the way we live, work, and relate in the future.  In seminar we will explore the issues surrounding machine vs. human consciousness and strong artificial intelligence.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
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Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia

Final schedule and room assignment:

Spring

Advertised schedule:

Mon/Wed 6-10 pm