Please complete the Privacy Survey before class.
Rachels, "Why Privacy Is Important"
Boyd, "Facebook's Privacy Trainwreck"
Miller, "Addicted to Apps"
Please complete the Copyright Survey before class.
Stallman, "Misinterpreting Copyright"
Heckel, "Debunking the Software Patent Myths"
Please complete the War Survey before class.
Please complete Essay 1 by Monday 10/5 @ 11:59pm.
Choose a discussion and commentary topic ASAP. Due to the data center fire, the Google doc for signups is currently unavailable.
Drones (three short readings):
Automated Weapons Ban (three short readings):
Consequentialism (two short readings):
- Complete essay 1 by Monday 10/5
Please complete the Finance Survey before class.
For even more, see Optional Enyclopedia Entry on Kant's Morality. This is not required.
Complete essay 1 by Monday 10/5
Please complete the Jobs Survey before class.
CGP Grey, "Humans Need Not Apply"
Brynjolfsson and McAfee, "Jobs, Productivity and the Great Decoupling"
Pew Center, "AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs (page one)"
Derek Thompson, "A World Without Work (optional)". If you just want the key ideas, I'd recommend reading starting from "To paraphrase the science-fiction novelist William Gibson," and then reading sections 3, 4, 5 and 6.Government Censorship and Surveillance Survey before class.*
Foreign Governments (three short readings):
United States Government (four short readings):
Optional extra readings/watching:
Complete essay 2 essay 2 by Thursday 10/29
Please complete the Politics and Media Survey before class.
Political Polarization (two short pieces):
Political Action (two short readings, one long one):
Optional Political Polarization Reading:
Optional Political Action Readings:
Note: For lack of time, we will not discuss the social implications of computing on the process of governance, e.g. "How Sandy Changed Social Media Strategies in New York City".
Complete essay 2 by Thursday 10/29
Please complete the Software Survey before class.
Levenson and Turner, "An Investigation of the Therac-25 Accidents" (commentaries)
Dartington, Virtue Ethics
— Please complete the Professional Ethics Survey before class.
ACM, "Professional Code of Conduct"
Anderson, "Using the new ACM Code of Ethics in Decision Making" (commentaries)
(Optional) MacIntyre, Chapter 14 of After Virtue, "The Nature of the Virtues" (see first search result)
Rotman, "Technology and Inequality"
Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty"
Packer, "Change The World (optional)"
Complete essay 3 peer reviews by Thursday 12/4
Khatchadourian, "The Doomsday Invention"