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Faculty of Arts and SciencesFreshman SeminarsVenkatesh Murthy
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Fall 2016-2017  (show academic calendar)Th   4:00 p.m. - 5:59 p.m.Science Ctr 105 (FAS)
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What is intelligence? An inquiry into the nature of intelligence can take different forms ? philosophical, biological, mathematical or technological. In this Freshman Seminar, we will use machine intelligence (everything from voice recognizing smartphones to Jeopardy-playing computers) as a handle to think about natural intelligence (brains and behavior of animals). Although we will start with big, general questions, we will quickly move to concrete queries about brains and computers. This approach, rather than just starting with brains of animals, may be useful in framing more universal questions independent of the specific architecture of brains of animals. This Seminar targets students that are interested in brains and computers in equal measure, and are comfortable with analytical thinking (logic, math etc).

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