CS 329E, Spring 2014, Schedule of Topics and Readings
Instructor: Vallath Nandakumar, Dept. of Computer Science, UT Austin
Week Date Topic Reading, Links, and Events:   Complete the readings before class.
1 Mon 1/13 Introduction 1. Read the Startup page.
2. Read the course syllabus and rules carefully.
3. Watch Randy Pausch's time management talk.
4. Register your iClicker - see the syllabus for details
Wed 1/15 Introduction: Contd. Bynum, Terrell Ward, “Norbert Weiner’s Foundation of Computer Ethics”
Bynum, Terrell Ward, “A Very Short History of Computer Ethics”
Fri 1/17 Introduction Contd. 1. Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 1   
2. Blown to Bits, Chapter 1
TURN IN: NOTECARD 1 (from one of the two readings)
2 Mon 1/20   HOLIDAY: MLK JR DAY
Tue 1/21   TURN IN: HOMEWORK 1, your response to the China in the Internet Age assignment
Wed 1/22 Ethics Ethics for the Information Age, Chapter 2
TURN IN: News Article 1
Fri 1/24 Ethics Contd TURN IN: NOTECARD 2, Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 2
3 Mon 1/27 Ethics Contd Bertrand Russell, “Prolog” to Autobiography
TURN IN: HOMEWORK 2,  “How I Lived My Life” assignment
Wed 1/29 BDP Introduction Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 3
TURN IN: News Article 2
Fri 1/31 Ethics Contd.  
TURN IN: NOTECARD 3, Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 3
4 Mon 2/3 Ethics Contd. TURN IN: HOMEWORK 3, Conscience+ assignment
Wed 2/5 Ethics Contd.  
TURN IN: News Article 3
Fri 2/7    
TURN IN: NOTECARD 4, Blown to Bits, Chapter 4 and 7
5 Mon 2/10 Ethics Contd. Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 5
TURN IN: HOMEWORK 4, Your responses to the set of questions about Tom Mitchell’s opinion piece on data and privacy
Wed 2/12    
TURN IN: News Article 4
Fri 2/14  
TURN IN: NOTECARD 5, a printout of your results on the “many voices” Quiz.
6 Mon 2/17 How do we exploit the bits? Blown to Bits, Chapters 2 & 3 (Privacy)
TURN IN: HOMEWORK 5, Healthcare assignment
Wed 2/19 Privacy Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 6 (Privacy)
TURN IN: Final Project Part 1, First attempt at a term paper topic statement by 11 PM
TURN IN: News Article 5
Fri 2/21 Privacy TURN IN: NOTECARD 6, Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 6 (Privacy) 
   
7 Mon 2/24 Intellectual Property Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 4, (Intellectual Property)
(No Homework to turn in.)
Wed 2/26 Intellectual Property Blown to Bits, Chapters 6 (IP)
Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 4, (Intellectual Property)
TURN IN: NOTECARD 7, (from one of the two readings)
Fri 2/28 Cyber Crime and Security Blown to Bits, Chapter 5 (Cryptography)
8 Mon 3/3 Robotics Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 7
“War in the Fifth Domain”
TURN IN: HOMEWORK 6, Cryptography homework
Wed 3/5 Robotics Robotics
TURN IN: News Article 6
Fri 3/7 TA-led discussion 1. “Computing Machinery and Intelligence", Alan Turing
2. “Robotic Nation", Marshall Brain
TURN IN: NOTECARD 8, (from one of the two readings)
9 3/10-3/14   SPRING BREAK
10 Mon 3/17 Robotic Surgery Da Vinci Robots for Surgery -- Guest lecture by Dr. Thiru Lakshman, Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Wed 3/19 Facebook Facebook -- Guest lecture by Doug Wolfe, Head of Facebook in Austin
Fri 3/21 Risk and Reliability TURN IN: NOTECARD 9,  Ethics for the Information Age, Ch 9.6, Whistleblowing
 
11 Mon 3/24 Snowden and Whistleblowing  
TURN IN: Final Project Part 2,  Term paper outline
Wed 3/26 What Makes Us Us?  
TURN IN: News Article 7
Fri 3/28 Public key cryptography  
“Sounds Like Bach”, Douglas Hofstadter
Christopher Steiner, “Can Creativity be Automated?”   
TURN IN: NOTECARD 10, from one of the two readings.
12 Mon 3/31 The Future of Technology “The Ethical Frontiers of Robotics”, Noel Sharkey (Science, Vol. 322, pp. 1800-1801)
TURN IN: HOMEWORK 7,  the responses to questions about Sharkey’s article
Wed 4/2 Legal issues Evidence through email tracing -- Guest Lecture: Daniel Bitting, Lawyer, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.
Fri 4/4 The Future of Technology TURN IN: NOTECARD 11, The Lights in the Tunnel, Book: Intro, Ch 1-2
 
13 Mon 4/7 The Future of Technology TURN IN: HOMEWORK 8, OP-Ed on guest lectures
 
Wed 4/9 The Future of Technology TURN IN: News Article 8
Fri 4/11 AI topics TURN IN: NOTECARD 12, The Lights in the Tunnel, Book: Ch 3-4
 
14 Mon 4/14 Heartbleed TURN IN: Final Project Part 3,  Term paper first draft
Wed 4/16 The Future of Technology
Fri 4/18 Student Presentations TURN IN: Final Project Part 4,  Term paper first draft feedback
15 Mon 4/21 Student Presentations TURN IN: NOTECARD 13, The Lights in the Tunnel, Book: Ch 5, Appendices
Wed 4/23 Student Presentations TURN IN: News Article 9
Fri 4/25 Student Presentations TURN IN: HOMEWORK 9, your response to the What to Do About Jobs? Problem
16 Mon 4/28 Student Presentations  
Wed 4/30 Student Presentations TURN IN: News Article 10
Fri 5/2 Student Presentations TURN IN: Final Project, Part 5, the final draft of your term paper
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Special thanks to Drs. Elaine Rich and Alan Cline for sharing their assignments and ideas with me.