CS349  Contemporary Issues in Computer Science 
Fall, 2014
Alan Cline and Elaine Rich

Schedule of Topics and Reading Assignments

Aug. 28         Introduction

 

Sept. 2          Introduction, continued

·       Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 1 (Introduction)   NOTECARD

·       TURN IN your response to the Social Science via Google Search assignment

Sept. 4          Introduction, continued

·       Bynum, Terrell Ward, “A Very Short History of Computer Ethics”

·       TURN IN your first news article.  We will do this regularly on Thursdays unless otherwise specified.

 

Sept. 9          Ethics

·       Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 2  (Ethics)   NOTECARD

Sept. 11        Ethics, continued 

·       Bertrand Russell, “Prolog” to Autobiography

·       TURN IN your solution to the “What I Have Lived For” assignment.

 

Sept. 16        Ethics, continued 

Sept. 18        Ethics, continued

·       TURN IN your solution to the What Jobs? assignment.

·       OPTIONAL: TURN IN your responses to the TED Talks questions.  This can make up for missing class for the Career Fair, or it can be Extra Credit to make up for a missed class some other time.

 

Sept. 23        Ethics, continued

·       TURN IN your results on the “many voices” Quiz.

Sept. 25        Ethics, continued

·       TURN IN your solution to the What’s Right assignment

 

Sept. 30        Using the Bits

·       DEADLINE to have met with us about you project topic

·       TURN IN your response to the (rice) Problem

Oct. 2           Using the Bits

·       TURN IN your project outline

 

Oct. 7           Risk and Reliability

·       Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 7 (Security) NOTECARD

Oct. 9          Risk and Reliability

·       Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 8 (Reliability)         NOTECARD

 

Oct. 14         Privacy

·       Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 5  (Information Privacy)   NOTECARD

Oct. 16         Cybersecurity – Cam Beasley

·       Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 9 (Ethics and Reliability)    NOTECARD

·       TURN IN in your responses to the set of questions about Tom Mitchell’s opinion piece on data and privacy.

 

Oct. 21         Privacy

Oct. 23         Intellectual Property Law -  Stephen Stout, Vincent and Elkins

·       Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 4  (Intellectual Property)    NOTECARD

·       TURN IN First draft of term paper

 

Oct. 28         Privacy

·       Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 6  (Privacy and the Government)   NOTECARD

·       TURN IN your response to the ACM’s TIA Letter Question

Oct. 30         Privacy

·       TURN IN a written progress report on your video

 

Nov. 4           What Makes Us Us?

·       “Sounds Like Bach”, Douglas Hofstadter

·       Watch “Humans Need Not Apply”

·       TURN IN your response to the Humans Need Not Apply Question

Nov. 6           The Future of Technology

·       “Prepare to be Shocked”

·       “The Machine Age”, Norbert Wiener

·        “The Ethical Frontiers of Robotics”, Noel Sharkey (Science, Vol. 322, pp. 1800-1801)

·       TURN IN your response to the questions we’ve raised about the Wiener and Sharkey articles

 

Nov. 11         The Future of Technology

·       TURN IN your final video

 

Nov. 13         Student videos

·       “Manna”, Marshall Brain (Note: There are 8 chapters, each in a separate file.  Read them all.)  NOTECARD

 

Nov. 18         Student videos

 

Nov. 20         Student videos

·       TURN IN your response to the Income Disparity Problem

 

Nov. 25         Student videos

Nov. 27         THANKSGIVING

 

 

Dec. 2           More on the Future of Technology

·       “The Evolution of Mind in the Twenty-First Century”, Ray Kurzweil   NOTECARD on one of these readings

·       “Better than Human: Why Robots Will – And Must – Take Our Jobs”,

Dec. 4           Prizes and wrap-up

·       TURN IN Final draft of your term paper