Artificial Intelligence

AI Man


Information Processing Technology Topic: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Year Level: Year 12 Lesson: Philosophical Issues AI  Time: 40 Minute Session

Aim: At the completion of the lesson students should have developed an understanding of the two philosophical issues within AI

Objectives: By the end of this lesson students should be able to: -


  • Define and comment on the philosophical dilemma of the mind-body problem.
  • Describe and assess the validity of the Turing Test.

Key Concepts of Lesson:


  • Description of the mind-body problem (Copying content and homework activity)
  • Description of the Turing test (Copying content)
  • Discuss these two philosophical dilemmas in AI (Class discussion)

Materials / Resources:

Computer and data screen to show PowerPoint presentation

Power Point Presentation - Content for the mind-body problem and the Turing test

Open Power Point Presentation

Paper version of PowerPoint slide and presentation in case of technological problem

Students Prior knowledge:

None from previous AI lessons, could possible be from their own observations and research, this is the first time AI is being taught as a topic in the work program.





5 min  

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) (Anticipatory set) Pose the question "Where does the body end and the mind begin?".

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Direct class to write down their own response to the question.

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes)Call on students to contribute their answers.

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Explain that today’s lesson is on two philosophical issues surrounding AI.


a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Look at question

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Write down response

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Contribute response

20 min












10 min




a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Define The mind-body problem

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes)Proposed answers:-

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes)Materialism – mind and mental acts are part of the material body.

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Interactionism – mind has a spiritual existence rather than material make-up.

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Functionalism – way mind exists is of no consequence.

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Facilitate class discussion on the mind body problem incorporating first question posed.

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Second philosophical issue

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Alan Turing 1950

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Define the Turing Test – if a human cannot determine whether material is being generated by a computer or by a human, the computer shows artificial intelligence.

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes)Facilitate class discussion "Can a computer think?"


Activity to sum up lesson

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Ask students to write down 5 things they learnt in the lesson.

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Call on students to provide examples from their list and also described what items are.


a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Write down content of relevant PowerPoint slides






a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Class discussion on the mind-body problem

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Write down content of relevant PowerPoint slides





a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Class discussion on question posed




a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes)   Students write down 5 things they learnt

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Contribute items from list

5 min  

a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Set homework. Students are to write a paragraph on which proposed answer to the mind body problem they believe is to be correct and give reasons as to why.


a_green_ball.gif (1801 bytes) Write in diary homework instructions


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