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Computer Science Department

Visiting Speaker asks "Do Computers Fall in Love?" (Fall, 2007)

Dr. Keith Miller, Professor of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Springfield, visits DePauw on October 25th to give a talk entitled "Do Computers Fall in Love?"

Dr. Miller's abstract states "The growing sophistication of computers is making thoughtful people wonder about lines of demarcation between what humans and computers can do. Computers are better than humans at identifying genes, routing phone calls, and playing chess. But until recently, the notion of computers having emotions or making moral choices was thought to be merely a science-fiction fantasy. In this talk we'll explore some recent ideas by computer scientists, philosophers, and others that argue that computers are or will soon be "moral agents," capable of making ethical decisions and, perchance, falling in love."