Tartu, Estonia

Imagining Intelligent Technologies

when 1 August 2022 - 7 August 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 250

The course gives a short introduction to the so-called intelligent technologies from the semiotic and humanities perspective.

How do we conceptualise ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) in culture?
How does fiction affect our knowledge of the world?
What kind of possibilities and problems do intelligent technologies create for our societies?
Where does the desire to ‘create machine life’ originate from?

During a week of lectures, seminars and group work sessions, we will look for answers to these questions. The course is open to students from diverse backgrounds.

Course leader

Auli Viidalepp, PhD student

Target group

all students on the level of BA and MA

Course aim

After completing this course, students will:

– have an overview of key meanings and objects associated with the concept of AI;
– be familiar with the historical and cultural roots of automated technologies and human-machine comparison;
– be aware of the key sociocultural mechanisms that contribute to our interpretations of AI;
– have an understanding of how concepts and meanings circulate in culture;
– have tools for critically reading and analysing the discourses on AI and technology.

Fee info

EUR 250: Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country. It is recommended to visit the Tartu Welcome Centre website and Student Hostel website to find accommodation opportunities. It is possible to take a bus from Tallinn Airport to Tartu Coach Station (180km). Ticket information on Tpilet.


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