CS349  Contemporary Issues in Computer Science 
Fall, 2016
Alan Cline and Elaine Rich

Schedule of Topics and Reading Assignments

Aug. 25         Introduction

 

Aug. 30         Introduction, continued

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

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

Sept. 1          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. 6          Ethics

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

Sept. 8          Ethics, continued 

·       Bertrand Russell, “Prolog” to Autobiography

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

 

Sept. 13        Ethics, continued 

Sept. 15        Ethics, continued

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

 

Sept. 20        Ethics, continued  -- NO CLASS: Career Fair

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

Sept. 22        Ethics, continued

 

Sept. 27        Using the Bits

·       DEADLINE to have met with us about you project topic

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

 

Sept. 29        Intellectual Property Law -  Stephen Stout, Vincent and Elkins

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

·       TURN IN your response to the (rice) Problem

 

Oct. 4            Cybersecurity-Bradley Beman & Scott Kibbey, FBI Special Agents

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

Oct. 6            Using the Bits

·       TURN IN your project outline

 

Oct. 11          Risk and Reliability

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

Oct. 13          Risk and Reliability

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

·       TURN IN your response to the Algorithm Bias problem

 

Oct. 18          Privacy

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

Oct. 20          Privacy

·       TURN IN First draft of term paper

 

Oct. 25          Privacy

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

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

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Oct. 27          Privacy

·       TURN IN a written progress report on your video

 

Nov. 1           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. 3           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. 8           The Future of Technology

·       TURN IN your final video

 

Nov. 10         Student videos

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

 

Nov. 15         Student videos

 

Nov. 17         Student videos

·       TURN IN your response to the Income Disparity Problem

 

Nov. 22         Student videos

Nov. 24         THANKSGIVING

 

 

Nov. 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”,

Dec. 1           Prizes and wrap-up

·       TURN IN Final draft of your term paper