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Ye Chin Kim


This course is an introduction to the theory that tries to explain how minds are made from collections of simpler processes. It treats such aspects of thinking as vision, language, learning, reasoning, memory, consciousness, ideals, emotions, and personality. It incorporates ideas from psychology, artificial intelligence, and computer science to resolve theoretical issues such as wholes vs. parts, structural vs. functional descriptions, declarative vs. procedural representations, symbolic vs. connectionist models, and logical vs. common-sense theories of learning.

24 hours of lectures.

13 lectures.

Assignments and project.



A philosopher and scientist, Marvin Minsky is universally regarded as one of the world's leading authorities in the field of artificial intelligence, having made fundamental contributions in the sectors of robotics and computer-aided learning technologies. In recent years he has worked chiefly on imparting to machines the human capacity for common-sense reasoning. His book Society of Mind is considered a basic text for exploring intellectual structure and function, and for understanding the diversity of the mechanisms interacting in intelligence and thought. Minsky received his BA and PhD in mathematics from Harvard and Princeton, respectively. In 1951 he built the SNARC, the first neural network simulator. His other inventions include mechanical hands and other robotic devices, the confocal scanning microscope, the "Muse" synthesizer for musical variations (with E. Fredkin), and the first LOGO "turtle" (with S. Papert).

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Course content

  • Lecture 1: Introduction

  • Lecture 2: Falling In Love

  • Lecture 3: Cognitive Architectures

  • Lecture 4: Question and Answer Session 1

  • Lecture 5: From Panic to Suffering

  • Lecture 6: Layers of Mental Activities

  • Lecture 7: Layered Knowledge Representations

  • Lecture 8: Question and Answer Session 2

  • Lecture 9: Common Sense

  • Lecture 10: Question and Answer Session 3

  • Lecture 11: Mind vs. Brain: Confessions of a Defector

  • Lecture 12: Question and Answer Session 4

  • Lecture 13: Closing Thoughts

  • Assignments

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