Course details

8.3601

Critical Perspectives on AI

S
SS 2023 Paul Sch├╝tze OFFLINE
2h/wk
4 ECTS
B.Sc modules:
CS-BWP-PHIL - Philosophy for Cognitive Science
KOGW-WPM-PHIL - Philosophy of Mind and Cognition
M.Sc modules:
CS-MWP-PHIL - Philosophy for Cognitive Science

CS-BW - Bachelor elective course
CS-MW - Master elective course
Wed: 12-14

In this seminar we will look at a variety of critical perspectives on AI and Big Tech in general. We will discuss, for instance, different conceptions of AI today, perspectives of digital colonialism, AI in connection to the climate crisis, the visions and narratives that surround and shape AI, and the power structures and inequalities that are inherent to AI. The overall goal of the seminar is to develop a critical understanding of AI from different theoretical perspectives. We will see what a critical discourse about AI currently looks like, what it offers and what it does not; and you will get a theoretical baseline to develop your own critical perspectives on AI. The course will be based on readings. Thus, it will help, if you have some experiences with philosophical texts and/ or the willingness to carefully read and prepare such texts.