HON-H 240 (Hutton Honors College) Language, Intelligence, and the Machine

Damir Cavar

January 2024

A Hutton Honors College course.

Times: Tuesday and Thursday 9:45-11:00 AM

Location: Hutton building

Course Material Spring 2024

Course Description

Science permeates society, but the reverse is also true. The agendas of scientists, ethical norms in science, and the goals of scientific endeavors all have societal underpinnings. This course considers how science affects societal forms and functions and how society affects the scientific enterprise.

Addressing state-of-the-art technologies in Artificial Intelligence, Linguistic and Natural Language Processing capabilities of advanced Large Language Models, and the perspectives of Machines becoming intelligent. This course addresses not just the technologies and applications of AI and possible Artificial General Intelligence but also aspects of human cognition and intelligence from a psycholinguistic perspective, as well as philosophical and sociological issues, risks, and improvements for society and human life.

Textbook and Reading Material

We are not using a textbook. We will use chapters from different books, academic papers, and online publications.

GPT and LLMs:

Online course materials:

Discussion and Debates:


(C) 2024 by Damir Cavar