WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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Syllabus
Date Topics Due Presenters
1. Friday
2020-10-23
Introduction
2. Tuesday
2020-10-27
Critical Thinking 1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Appendix A - Plagiarism
4. Discussion Board: Movies
4. Sign up for individual presentation
3. Friday
2020-10-30
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. DRAFT: Paper 1: Computing Technology Timeline
4. Wiki: Computing Technology Timeline
4. Tuesday
2020-11-03
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. FINAL: Paper 1: Technology Timeline
1. Kush Shah - Are Video Games Bad For Youth?
2. Benjamin Peters - Starlink: Shooting for the Stars
3. Pheobe Yeung - Deep Fake Misinformation
5. Friday
2020-11-06
Intellectual Property
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
SKIP Interview at end of chapter
1. Eri Kim - My AI Owned Patents
2. Hoang (Bill) Pham - To Scrape or Not To Scrape?
3. Sam Gould - Music Computing Shift
6. Tuesday
2020-11-10
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. DRAFT: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Jenna Galli - Personally, Are Ads Good For You?
2. Jarius Thomas - Democracy Under Attack
3. Patrick Spillane - Does Privacy Exist?
7. Friday
2020-11-13
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Law Requiring Online Identification Debate Prep (paper optional)
4. FINAL: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Nicholas Jurovich - US Should Regulate Big Tech
2. Maranda Allen - When Companies Should Share Your Data
3. Erich Schwarzrock - How Much Is Your Life Worth?
4. Bryan Lima - Should Government Have Citizen Private Data?
8. Tuesday
2020-11-17
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Group Project web site through topics covered to date.
3. Optional Paper: Law Requiring Online Identification
1. Ezra Werlinich - Tails OS: Good, Bad, or Ugly?
2. Ted Clifford - Elections
3. Mayank Govilla - Open Source Impact
9. Friday
2020-11-20
Errors Failures Risks
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. DRAFT: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Connor Mclaughlin - Suing My AI Doctor
2. Kaitlyn Fichtner - Smart Cities
3. Jacob van Steyn - ML Curated Echo Chambers
10. Tuesday
2020-11-24
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
Read the newer Code of Ethics at: https://www.acm.org/code-of-ethics instead.
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Game Debate Notes (paper optional)
4. FINAL: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Samuel Parks - Neuro-controlling Animals
2. Sean Barry - Your Keyboard And You
3. Sitsanok Young - Preserving Dying Cultures
11. Tuesday
2020-12-01
Work
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Group Presentation Draft
4. DRAFT: Paper 4: Automation
5. Optional Paper: Game
1. Baian (Byron) Ou - As AlphaGoes Will Humans Go?
2. Rosie McGovern - AI, Please Take My Job
3. Marcus Chalmers - Perception of Art
4. Brett Foster - Net Neutrality and You
12. Friday
2020-12-04
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
2. FINAL: Paper 4: Automation
1. Contact (1997) - Edward Clifford, Brian Desousa, Samuel Parks, Jacob van Steyn (KAP)

2. The Incredibles (2004) - Jenna Galli, Baian Ou, Erich Schwarzrock, Ezra Werlinich (KAP)

3.
Transformers (2007) - Sean Barry Christian Defranco, Kaitlyn Fichtner, Benjamin Peters (KAP)
13. Tuesday
2020-12-08
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014) - Maranda Allen, Marcus Chalmers, Eri Kim, Hoang Pham (KAP)

2. The Maze Runner (2014) - Brett Foster, Mayank Govilla, Bryan Lima, Sitsanok Young (KAP)

3.
Logan (2017) - Nicholas Jurovich, Connor McLaughlin, Kush Shah, Patrick Spillane (KAP) (PRL)

4. The Social Dilemma (2020) - Samantha Gould, Rose McGovern, Jarius Thomas, Pheobe Yeung (KAP)
14. Friday
2020-12-11
- Student Topic Choice
1. Group Evaluations
1. Russel DeSouza - Computerized Injustice
2. Christian Defranco - Bias in AI
Weekly Time Guideline

 4 hours class time
 4 hours reading (2 chapters ~90 pages @ 2 minutes per page)
 8 hours practicing mastery of material
   - papers, group project, class activity preparation
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16 hours / week

The Syllabus will change throughout the course as new interests are found and material is covered ahead or behind schedule. Changes will be made in class and recorded in the class slides. You will be responsible for the material in the assigned reading.

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