Foundations of AI, VR, MMORPG (CS492) in Fall 2022 at KAIST's School of Computing

Technological progress enables exciting new applications that continue to pervade and transforming everyday life. Surprisingly many of these applications and devices had actually already been forseen long before their realization.

In the spirit of QAIST, this course explores an unconventional format: a mix of teacher-centered and student-centered and active learning. Specifically, each student must present one sub-topic within 40~50 minutes! In addition, all participants will write three (short) essays as exams. Homework assignments consist in reading specific short stories and watching specific movies.

News: All available topics have now been assigned!
Enrolment is thus closed (but auditors are very welcome).

Lecturer: Martin Ziegler

Location: E3 #2111 / online

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 17:30am to 19:00 KST

Language: English only (except for students discussing in KLMS)

Grading: S/U

Exams: Upload your three essays to KLMS, each one by the deadline (Sunday 23h59KST), observing Academic Honesty.

Attendance: up to 5 online/offline absences are for free, any additional one requires advance approval. (So don't waste the free ones…)

Aug 30+Sep 01: discuss course conditions, assign sub-topics to students

I. VR

Sep 06: offline preparation
plus reading assignment Out of Body Experiences, Experience Machine Thought Experiment
plus movie watching assignments:

Sep 08: Discuss reading and movie assignments

Sep 13: Philosophy of Reality (20210003)

Sep 15: Simulation Hypothesis (20200877)

Sep 20+Sep 22: VR Technologies: history, survey, classification (20226471)

Sep 27+Sep 29: Complexity Theory of Ray Tracing (20180943,20200816)

Oct 04+Oct 06: First take-home exam:
Write a short summary (two to four pages) of part I on VR.
Write one/two additional pages about your vision of the future of VR, of opportunities and possible dangers, and how to prevent the latter.

II. AI

Oct 04+Oct 06: Movie watching assignments:

Oct 11: History of AI (20200535)

Oct 13: Philosophy of AI (20190606)

Oct 18 (in spite of midterm): Pedagogy of Intelligence (20210300)

Oct 20 (in spite of midterm): Perceptron Theory (20200304)

Oct 25+27: Approximation capabilities of neural networks (20190886+20210733)

Nov 01: VC Dimension (20200844)

Nov 03: Sauer–Shelah lemma (20200812)

Nov 08: PAC Learnability and Complexity (20170745)

Nov 10: Backup slot

Nov 15+Nov 17: Second take-home exam: Write a short summary (two to four pages) of part II on AI.
Write one/two additional pages about your vision of the future of AI, of opportunities and possible dangers, and how to prevent the latter.

III. MMORPG

Nov 15+Nov 17: Reading assignment:

Movie watching assignments:

Nov 22: History of M/M/O/RPGs, State of the Art Examples (20180645)

Nov 24+29: Distributed Shared Memory Systems (20226379)

Dec 01: undergrad admission (backup slot)

Dec 06+08: Distributed Computer Simulations (20223027)

Dec 13+Dec 15: Third take-home exam:
Write a short summary (two to four pages) of part III on MMORPGs.
Write one/two additional pages about your vision of the future of MMORPGs, of opportunities and possible dangers, and how to prevent the latter.