Great Classroom Reference Addresses Ethics, Philosophy, and Computer Science

By IGI Global on Dec 12, 2011
Modern computer scientists and engineers are creating, expanding, and improving a complex world of smart new technologies from da Vinci robotic surgery to the iPhone's new intelligent personal assistant Siri to a world of interesting robots like Qbo, who learns to recognize itself in a mirror, and beyond. Each of these new advancements, in addition to be interesting or useful, also raises a world of questions about the philosophy and ethics regarding these technologies, making things more and more complex.

Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science: Concepts and PrinciplesOne recent IGI Global publication, Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science: Concepts and Principles, edited by Jordi Vallverdú, Ph.D., Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, covers the complicated world of the philosophy and ethics behind smart machines and computer science technologies.


Dr. Vallverdú addresses the complex areas of this field and the importance of this publication, saying:

"Philosophy of computer science is a very young, healthy and productive research field, as we can infer from the great number of academic events and publications held every year all around the world. Besides, it offers a high interdisciplinary exchange of ideas: from philosophical and mathematical logic to epistemology, engineering, ethics or neuroscience experts. New problems are faced with new tools, instrumental as well as theoretical."


This publication presents a conversation between established experts and new researchers in the fields of philosophy and computer science about human and non-human relationships with the environment. This resource contains five sections including topics on philosophical analysis, the posterior ethical debate, the nature of computer simulations, and the crossroads between robotics, AI, cognitive theories, and philosophy. To learn more about this book, please visit www.igi-global.com/book/thinking-machines-philosophy-computer-science/40293.

Computer science is a continually expanding field, and as more students enter this path of study, it is important to equip them with ideas and conversations regarding the philosophical and ethical questions, concerns, and dilemmas behind computer science. For this reason, Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science: Concepts and Principles has proven to be a great resource for students and professors to expand their views of computer science and engineering while focusing on the most delicate issues of the field. This publication is highly recommended for use in the classroom, particularly in graduate-level computer science and engineering programs.

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