Welcome to WPI's Social Implications Of Computing Course CS 3043

Welcome to class. Here you will find the majority of documents relating to this class.

Discussion Boards and other interactive features can be found on the WPI Canvas site for this course. Enjoy.

Date Topics Due Presenters
1. Tuesday
Introduction All Chapter readings include Interview found after questions unless otherwise indicated.
2. Friday
Critical Thinking 1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
2. Appendix A - Plagiarism
3. Appendix B - Introduction to Argumentation
4. Discussion Board: Movies
5. Sign up for individual presentation
3. Tuesday
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
- You may skip Sections 2.2 - 2.5
2. DRAFT: Paper 1: Computing Technology Timeline
4. Friday
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
2. FINAL: Paper 1: Technology Timeline
3. Wiki: Computing Technology Timeline
1. Jan Pilja - Deep Fakes and Media Credibility
2. Nia Junod - Social Media Divides
3. Torin Danielski - VR and You
5. Friday
Intellectual Property
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
- You may skip interview at end of chapter
1. Asha Buchanan - Going Viral Made Easy
2. Zackary Perry - Harms of Hidden IP
6. Tuesday
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. DRAFT: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Arnav Sacheti - Private Company Surveillance of Public Spaces Acceptable?
7. Friday
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Facial Recognition Debate Prep (draft paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Alex Li - AI Exacerbating Societal Inequalities
2. April Zingher - Police Body Cam Sham?
3. Silas Joy - Who Are You?
8. Tuesday
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Group Project web site through topics covered to date.
3. FINAL: Optional Paper: Facial Recognition
1. Matt Hagger - Quantum Security
2. Pranav Jain - Forensic AI
3. April Bollinger - AI Cyberattacks
9. Friday
Errors Failures Risks
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. DRAFT: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Eric Li - Passengers or Pedestrians?
2. Claire Desrosiers - AI Flying War Machines
3. Connor Bouffard - Driving Bias
10. Tuesday
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
- Skip Code of Ethics in book.
- Read the newer Code of Ethics at: https://www.acm.org/code-of-ethics instead.
2. Game Debate Prep (paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Alden Cutler - Algorithm Biased Justice
2. Ryan Nguyen - Generative AI Inequality
3. Maddux Berry - GPU Optimization + AI = Accessibility?
11. Tuesday
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Group Presentation Draft
3. DRAFT: Paper 4: Automation
1. Simon Tong - Computing Empowered Gender Equality
2. Vaansh Mansharamani - AI in Education
3. Alexander Kraemling - Bias in Healthcare
12. Friday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
2. FINAL: Paper 4: Automation
1. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022): Arnav Sacheti, Shawn Greenwood, Jan Pilja, Alexander Kraemling, (KAP)

2. Passengers (2016): Alex Li, Zackary Perry, Vaansh Mansharamani, Simon Tong, (KAP)

3. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019): Maddux Berry, Eric Li, Elizabeth Levin, Pranav Jain, (KAP)
13. Tuesday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Black Mirror: Joan Is Awful (2023): April Bollinger, Asha Buchanan, Ryan Nguyen, Claire Desrosiers, Nia Junod, (KAP)

2. Nimona (2023): April Zingher, Silas Joy, Matthew Hagger, Lana Cagle, (KAP)

3. Dune: Part One (2021): Torin Danielski, Alden Cutler, Connor Bouffard, (KAP)
14. Wednesday
Student Choice 1. Group Evaluations
2. Group Web Sites
3. FINAL: Optional Paper: Game
1. Lana Cagle - Your Media is Being Served
2. Liza Levin - Defense Stigma
3. Shawn Greenwood - Your Liberty and DRM
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
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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