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Fall Philosophy Course: The Moral Machine: A Humanistic Approach To Artificial Intelligence and Big Data *This class is now full*

Date: 5:30pm - 7:00pm PDT October 20

  • “My aim in teaching is to express to the students how puzzling and interesting the everyday world is. We talk about morality, the external world, social institutions and other minds every day. However, philosophical reflection shows us that when we use these everyday ideas we do so in ways that are loaded with assumptions and involve commitments or implications we do not always notice. Philosophy is practical, important, and also just plain interesting.”
    Copyright, Steve Hambuchen

*This class is now full and registration is closed. Stay tuned for additional classes this coming winter!*

Join us for a virtual educational experience with Associate Professor of Philosophy Joel Martinez. This five session presentation and discussion based course on artificial intelligence and big data will focus on a different theme each week. 

The Moral Machine: A Humanistic Approach To Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
Human Beings, Knowledge, Privacy, Justice, Love

Taught by Associate Professor of Philosophy Joel Martinez

Classes will be held from 5:30 - 7 p.m. (PDT) on the following dates:
Tuesday, October 20 
Tuesday, October 27 
Tuesday, November 10 
Tuesday, November 17 
Tuesday, November 24

Via Zoom

Course fee: $50 (includes PDF of course materials)

Note: This is a no credit course and there will be no grading.

This class is now full and registration is closed. Stay tuned for additional classes this coming winter!

Course Description:

Our civilization is developing technologies related to Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at a rapid pace. From waging war to finding love, we are integrating these technologies into almost every aspect of our lives. Humanistic disciplines, like Philosophy, History and the Arts offer many resources for adapting and confronting these profound technological advancements. In this course, we will study how philosophers think about AI and Big Data. We will move fluidly between theory and practice. In each class, participants are invited to consider a specific aspect of human life, like love. Each participant is invited to think philosophically and articulate practical approaches to the technologies we discuss.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Joel Martinez: 
Joel graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2006. In his dissertation Livability, Education and the Aims of Moral Theory, he argued that philosophers interested in ethics can and should take moral education to be a central aim of moral theorizing. His subsequent research has focused on the development of Virtue Ethics and Moral Psychology. His publications have appeared in The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Apeiron, Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, and An Anthology of Philosophical Studies (ATINER). His interests include Virtue Ethics, 19th Century Philosophy (particularly the development of Utilitarianism), and the Philosophy of Education. Professor Martinez was honored to receive the 2010 Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award, administered by Pomona College and the American Council of Learned Societies.