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Expanded Course Description
A course for non-science majors to include the concepts necessary to understand how the brain acquires information and drives behavior, as well as how scientists and engineers attempt to replicate these abilities in computers and artificial intelligence systems.
The course will introduce students to the process of scientific reasoning, and discuss methodologies used by scientists to gain knowledge about the neural processes behind leaning, memory, decision-making and thinking. The course will also illustrate parallels between how the brain and computers process information and perform computations.
Readings and videos before class will provide background information. The main concepts and skills will be learned through in-class activities in which students play the role of scientists and engineers solving problems about the brain. In the last part of the course students will discuss the implications to society of intelligent machines and technologies for interfacing brains and machines.