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Big Ideas in Computer Science: Understanding the Digitized World (VU Amsterdam Summer School)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Certificate / Diploma Summer course Amsterdam
|Field of study||General programmes|
|Course summary||Interaction with computers has become a big part of our daily life, but they do much more than help us with practicalities.|
|Course description||Interaction with computers has become a big part of our daily life, but they do much more than help us with practicalities. They are tools for understanding the fundamentals of information, processes and human thinking. The insights they have brought us are some of the most important in human history, with far-reaching consequences for society. On this course you learn to look with the eyes of a computer scientist, to understand the potential and limitations of computing and to apply these insights to such topics as social networks, biological processes, language and consciousness. Specific subjects we investigate are: * The science of algorithms, their power, universality and limits. This includes some programming, but for the most part you explore algorithmics away from the computer. * The science of data: encoding, compression and pattern recognition. * Taming complexity: dividing the problem, the search as a general heuristic and quantum computing. * Computing and philosophy: the ethics of big data and AI, free will and consciousness.|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Instruction modes||computer exercise, excursion, group discussion, lecture, individual assignment, self study|
About the institution
|Information about the institution||Ever since it was founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society.|
|Professional experience required||-|
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