Fall 2019 HC 207H: Monsters and Machine Learning

Fall 2019-2020

Professor: Stephen Fickas

4.00 credits

  • CRN 12740: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ 41 Proctor, Knight Library (41 LIB)
  •   Lab:            Friday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ 41 Proctor, Knight Library (41 LIB)

This course will explore monsters of the past, monsters of the present and monsters of the future. For monsters of the past, we will focus on gothic novels and works by Poe, Lovecraft and Shelley. For monsters of the present, we will look at Internet trolls. For monsters of the future, we will build a chatbot with the emerging questionable ethics of the 21st century.

The exploration tools we will use come from the field of Artificial Intelligence called Machine Learning. In essence, we will train the computer to be our helper by showing it many examples of what we want. The computer (AKA machine) will eventually learn to be our exploration assistant.

We will be doing programming in the Python language. However, there is no programming prerequisite for the course. You will learn as you go. The course lab will be particularly centered on giving you the Python programming skills you need.

You will need to bring a laptop to class and to lab.

Should be fun!