A course designed for non-science majors to understand how the brain acquires information and drives behavior, and how scientists and engineers attempt to replicate these abilities in computers and artificial intelligence systems. Students will be introduced to the process of scientific reasoning and use those skills to discuss the neural processes behind learning, memory, decision-making, and thinking. Parallels will be made between the way the brain and computers process information and perform computations. Students will grapple with questions such as: What happens if our intelligent machines become too intelligent? What are the implications to society of intelligent machines and technologies for interfacing brains and machines?
Fall term journal club will be held on Thursdays at 9 am in 217 LISB.