Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

24/09/2024 – 17/12/2024 (dinsdagen 19.00-21.00 uur)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developing at an extremely rapid pace. It is commonplace to say that the technology is everywhere today. However, with the exponential growth of AI, there is an increasing need for clarification and awareness for people working in and with AI in their respective working and learning environments. In this course you get insight in the philosophical issues raised by current and future AI systems.

Course content

Introduction: what is AI and what is its history?

Can machines think? Can they be intelligent or do they only act intelligently?

Machine consciousness: can AI be self-aware and and would that ever be so in the same way humans are self-aware?

The Limits of AI: Are there inherent limits to the computational project behind AI?

Can Machines be alive?  Artificial Life (Alife) and its prospects.

Ethics of AI: Should AI be regulated and what are the social and political implications?


  • Voor professionals betrokken bij het opstellen of beïnvloeden van AI-regelgeving, of die een AI-traject in hun organisatie begeleiden, leidinggevenden en beslissingsnemers in AI- of ICT-bedrijven, onderwijs, journalisten…
  • Prijs: 450 euro
  • Organisator: Leuven.AI (KU Leuven) en VAIA
  • Lesgever: Roger Vergauwen
  • Locatie: Institute of Philosophy, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2, 3000 Leuven – Room A