Mind and Machine Specialization


This specialization examines the ways in which our current understanding of human thinking is both illuminated and challenged by the evolving techniques and ideas of artificial intelligence and computer science. Our collective understanding of “minds” – both biological and computational – has been revolutionized over the past half-century by themes originating in fields like cognitive psychology, machine learning, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and game theory, among others. This specialization focuses on both the larger “historical” arc of these changes as well as current research directions and controversies.

By completing the Mind and Machine specialization, students will be able to: (1) demonstrate their understanding of topics and strategies through quizzes, and (2) discuss and debate different arguments and interpretations of philosophical issues in discussions and peer-reviewed activities.

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