U3A Port Phillip – 2P01 Philosophy and the Challenges of the 21st Century
Time –  3:15-4:45 – starting Tuesday 29 January 2019
Tutor – Maurita Harney

These are the dates for the five sessions and any pre-reading required.

Tuesday 29 January 2019 (even though it is the 5th Tuesday in January)
Subject: Artificial Intelligence
Reading: https://theconversation.com/advanced-artificial-intelligence
Slides: P201_Class 1 slides summary
Video: The Chinese Room Experiment – The Hunt for AI – BBC

Tuesday 12 February 2019 (the 2nd Tuesday in February)
At our class on Tuesday 12 February 2019 we will move on to some of the issues raised by “super AI” (machines that can allegedly outsmart humans); emotions and feelings; and robotic relations with others, as carers, sex partners, citizens. The attached paper gives you some questions and resources for our next discussion. A number of these questions were raised on the recent ABC Radio National program, What intelligent machines tell us about ourselves, “God Forbid” ABC Radio National, Sunday 3 Feb 2019 6am. You can download the podcast or listen at: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/godforbid/ It is strongly recommended that you listen to this, especially if you don’t have time to look at the details in this paper

Tuesday 26 February 2019 (the 4th Tuesday in February)
For this class we will move into the area of the brain sciences and some of the questions arising from technological developments there. These include issues of predictability, freedom and control. In recent years, the idea of the “the ‘brain that changes itself” has raised interesting questions about the degree to which we can shape our own lives.
These developments also introduce concerns about biological enhancements, such as the possibility of brain implants – a topic that will be continued in the subsequent class where we look at bionics (artificial body parts) and genetic engineering.
U3A 2019 Philosophy_Class 3 notes
Predictive Policing extract_New Sci
Mind over movement

Tuesday 12 March 2019 (the 2nd Tuesday in March)
Tuesday 26 March 2019 (the 4th Tuesday in March)

Class Members:

Maurita Harney
Ann Stinton
David Robinson
Desleigh Kent
Elizabeth Carvosso
Felicity May
Geoffrey Levy
Greg Dow
Jenny Tatchell
John Craven
Julie Drysdale
Lyn Place
Margaret Byron
Margaret McMorran
Michael Perkal
Peter Clark
Robert Creed
Robin McDonell
Teresa Martin-Lim