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

Schedule of Topics and Reading Assignments

 

Jan. 14           Introduction

Jan. 16           Introduction, continued

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

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

 

Jan. 21           Introduction, continued

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

Jan. 23           Ethics

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

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

 

Jan. 28           Ethics, continued  --  SNOW DAY

·         Bertrand Russell, “Prolog” to Autobiography

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

Jan. 30           Ethics, continued 

 

Feb. 4             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.

Feb. 6             Ethics, continued

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

 

Feb. 11           Ethics, continued

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

Feb. 13           Using the Bits

·         DEADLINE to have met with us about you project topic

 

Feb. 18           Using the Bits

·         TURN IN your project outline

Feb. 20           Intellectual Property Law -  Stephen Stout, Vincent and Elkins

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

 

Feb. 25           Risk and Reliability

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

Feb. 27           Cybersecurity – Guest Lecturer: Dr. Fred Chang

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

·         “War in the Fifth Domain” 

 

March 4          Risk and Reliability

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

March 6          Privacy

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

 

March 11 – 13           SPRING BREAK

 

March 18       Privacy

·         TURN IN First draft of term paper

March 20       Privacy

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

·         TURN IN a written progress report on your video

 

March 25       Privacy

·         TURN IN your response to the ACM’s TIA letter question

·         TURN IN Your comments on the other person’s paper that you received last week

March 27       Artificial Intelligence

·         “Robotic Nation”, Marshall Brain   NOTECARD

·         “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”, Alan Turing

 

April 1             Artificial Intelligence

·         “The Machine Age”, Norbert Wiener

April 3             What Makes Us Us?

·         “Sounds Like Bach”, Douglas Hofstadter

·         “What is the Singularity?”

·         TURN IN your response to the singularity quiz

 

April 8             The Future of Technology

·          “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

April 10          The Future of Technology

·         TURN IN your final video

 

April 15          Student videos

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

April 17          Student videos

·         Read one of these two books.  NOTE: These are entire books.  Do not procrastinate.    NOTECARD on the book you’ve chosen.  These are both great books, so if you are interested in this issue, you should read both of them:

·         The Lights in the Tunnel  

·         The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

 

April 22          Student videos

·         TURN IN your response to the Income Disparity Problem

April 24          Student videos

·         TURN IN your response to the (rice) Problem

 

April 29          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”,

May 1             Prizes and wrap-up

·         TURN IN Final draft of your term paper