Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence: Ethics and Policy
Autumn Term 2022
About the course
Recent years have seen rapid progress in the development of artificial intelligent systems. This class will address ethical and societal questions arising from the increasing presence of these systems in our lives, such as: Artificial intelligence allows companies and governments to collect and analyse unprecedented amounts of data about us. How does the use of these data for surveillance and manipulation threaten our autonomy and privacy? How do we prevent artificial intelligences from acquiring morally objectionable biases? Who is responsible for the decisions of autonomous automated weapons? What ethical rules should self-driving cars implement? Will artificial intelligence make most human jobs superfluous, and would this be bad? And might superintelligent artificial systems threaten the very existence of humanity?
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence: Ethics and Policy, 7.5 credits
Autumn Term 2022
1 November 2022
15 January 2023
Type of studies
Number of mandatory meetings
No mandatory meetings.
90 ECTS credits in philosophy, computer science, history, sociology, political science, or equivalent, or a Degree encompassing at least 180 ECTS credits, or equivalent (previous higher education studies in at least one of the subjects listed is highly recommended). Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.
Application deadline was
19 April 2022.
The application period is closed.
Application and tuition fees
As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.