WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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Date Topics Due Presenters
Snow Day - NO CLASS
Introduction 1. Laura Robinson - WPI Librarian
Critical Thinking
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
Interview at end of chapter
2. Appendix A - Plagiarism
3. Discussion Board: Movies
4. Sign up for individual presentation
1. Laura Robinson - WPI Librarian
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 1: Technology
3. Wiki: Technology Timeline
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
Interview at end of chapter
1. Yihong Zhou - Improving Brain Function
Intellectual Property
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
SKIP Interview at end of chapter
2. Prepare questions for guest speaker
0. Frank Gerratana - IP Lawyer
1. Steven Huynh - Video Game Mods
2. Matt McCarthy - Brain Machine Interfaces
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 2: Self Search
1. Ziyan Ding - Social Media Privacy
2. Jordan Feeley - Amazon ECHO and Google Home
3. Dasheng Gu - ISP Privacy Bill
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 3: National ID
1. Evan Bosia - Drone Restrictions and Policy
2. Walter Gallati - Cyberwarfare and Freedom
3. Heric Flores-Huerta - Protecting Citizens from Quantum Computing
4. Christian Roberts - OPM Hack
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
Interview at end of chapter
2. Group Project web site progress through topics covered in class to date.
0. Frank Gerratana - IP Lawyer
1. Seth Norton - Home IoT Security
2. Andrew Rottier - Cyber Vigilantism
3. Yao (James) Chow - Medical Devices
Errors Failures Risks
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 4: Code Testing
0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. Mengwen Li - Self Driving Cars
2. Yudi Wang - Speech Recognition
3. Arianna Kan - Robotic Caretakers
NO CLASS Follows Thursday Schedule
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
Interview at end of chapter
2. Paper 5: Game
1. Will Van Rensselaer - Chess Engine Case Studies
2. Alonso Martinez - Building Self Driving Cars
3. Ryan Wiesenberg - Virtual Reality
Work 1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
Interview at end of chapter
2. Group Presentation Draft
1. Mike Giancola - Automation Economy
2. Lauren Pontbriant - Halting AI
3. Arthur Dooner - Human Irrelevancy
4. Vakhtang Margvelashvili - 3D Printing
Group Presentations
1. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) - Ziyan Ding, Arthur Dooner, Christian Roberts, Ryan Wiesenberg (kap)
2. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) - Ezra Davis, Walter Gallati, Vakhtang Margvelashvili, Yihong Zhou (kap)
3. Citizenfour (2014) - Michael Giancola, Steven Huynh, Andrew Rottier, William Van Rensselaer (kap)
Group Presentations 1. The Martian (2015) - Jordan Feeley, Heric Flores-Huerta, Mengwen Li, Matt McCarthy, Yudi Wang (kap)
2. Interstellar (2014) - Yao Chow, Dasheng Gu, Alonso Martinez, Seth Norton (kap)
3. Pacific Rim (2013) - Evan Bosia, Ariana Kan, Lauren Pontbriant, Long Vu Thanh (kap)
- Student Topic Choice
- Rain Date: IP Guest Speaker
- Rain Date: Errors, Failures, Risks Guest Speaker
Group Evaluations
Optional Paper: Submit ideas via email

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Keith A. Pray
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