Visual and Material Culture: Course

Unnatural Intelligence & Virtual Reality

Tamir Boaz, Dr., Semester 1, Sunday, 12:30-14:00
Tamir Boaz, Dr., Semester 2, Sunday, 12:30-14:00
From the dawn of civilization man had dreamt of being able to create a man from Golem, to be a God, to control Nature. History of man is full of such attempts, the man created by Rabbah in the Talmud, the talking head of R.Bacon, the Golem of Rabi Low of Prague, the recipe for generating a homunculus by Paracelsus, etc. These all look as tails and toys today, however underneath lies a deep philosophical idea as to the conjunction between body and spirit. Artificial intelligence appears towards the midst of the 20th century, and evolves in different ways. The course will discuss the history of robotics and AI, the main basic definitions, the main computing architectures, the Turing test, and up to modern definitions of virtual neural networks, machine learning, deep learning, virtual and augmented reality and more. What are the main challenges taken by Robotics, AI and Virtual reality? Are there any limitations on their fulfillments? What are their role in Science, Technology and Society.