Archives for the month of: November, 2014

The final presentation is a 5-7 minute oral presentation showing off your e-portfolio, including but not limited to your final project.  Sign up for it here!


We’ve talked a bit about computing and artificial intelligence.  Here’s an interesting article about a new way to test machine intelligence (similar to the Turing test that we discussed briefly).

And here’s the paper that inspired the article.

Powerpoint to help us today

For extra credit, select any philosophical work or cultural artifact we’ve encountered together in the course so far, and write a 500-1000 word essay connecting and comparing it to any other philosophical work.  The “other” work may be a work you are using for your final project (doesn’t have to be, but it can be), UNLESS the work or artifact from the course is a work or artifact you are using for your final project.  In other words, the two things being compared can’t both be part of your final project–one can be, but not both.

Email this to me no later than Friday, November 28 at 11:59 PM.
Finally, create a new section and upload this to your e-portfolio.  In order to receive full credit for this extra credit exercise, it needs to be on your e-portfolio when you submit the final portfolio.

If you do this satisfactorily, you will get an extra 1/3 of a letter grade boost (for instance, B to B+) on your first oral exam.  This works even if it would put your first oral exam grade over 100 points.

As ever, if you have questions, if you’re unsure whether something you’re interested in writing about “counts” as a philosophical work for these purposes, etc.–ask!

Here’s another reader with excerpts from philosophical works–this one is open-source!

As a reminder, instead of a second oral exam in the week of November 17, we will have conferences.

Sign up for your fifteen minute conference on your final project here.  The same rules apply as for the first oral exam–don’t steal someone’s spot, don’t create new timeslots, don’t delete the breaks, etc.

Come prepared for your conference.  Be ready to give me a two to three sentence refresher and update on your project at the beginning of the fifteen-minute period, and come prepared with some questions or problems that we can work on at your conference.

This is not understood to be the only time you can visit me to check in and get advice on your final project–this is, hopefully, just one of many times we’ll be in touch about ways to make your final project the best it can be.

This week, I will not be holding my usual office hours on Monday 11:30-12:30 and Tuesday 2:30-3:30.

Instead, this week my office hours will be:


Tuesday: by appointment

Wednesday: 11:30-12:30

Thursday: 2:30-3:30.

I am also available by appointment on Friday afternoon.