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As we already leave many safety-critical and consequential social decisions in the hands of artificial systems, we must ensure that these systems behave in a responsible and ethical manner, and do not harm their users, other individuals, and society at large.

This course focuses on a number of topics and debates in the philosophy of AI, with a particular emphasis on the ethical and epistemological challenges, and societal consequences the widespread use and rapid development of AI create. We will take a historical perspective, pay attention to the differences between symbolic AI and sub-symbolic AI, highlight several advantages the widespread use of AI is expected to yield, and examine the profound social, ethical, and epistemological challenges an AI society has to overcome.

In particular, we will focus on issues around explainability, transparency, responsibility, and accountability for AI, and examine the impact of AI technology on the ways we acquire knowledge from others and via technology.


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All lectures will take place on-campus and we assume you can be physically present during the scheduled hours. You can find the timetable on Datanose.


Registration is possible for students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on June 5, 10 am -  June 11, 11.59 pm. You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS. (registration is NOT through SIS)

Please note: There is no guarantee for placement if you register after June 11, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for before June 30. 

For questions about registration, please contact us at: Honours-iis@uva.nl

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