WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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2019 A Term Archive

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Date Topics Due Presenters
1. Friday
2. Tuesday
Critical Thinking
Guest Speaker
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
Paige Neumann - WPI Librarian
Lori Ostapowicz-Critz - WPI Librarian
3. Friday
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Paper 1: Technology
4. Wiki: Technology Timeline
4. Tuesday
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
2. Interview at end of chapter
1. Anthony Galgano - Rise and Fall of Communication
2. Parker Coady - Fandoms
5. Friday
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. Brennan Aubuchon - Digital Online Fair Use
2. Trang Dieu - Creative AI Slaves
6. Tuesday
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Paper 2: Self Search
1. Mairead O'Neill - Influence of Profiling and Tailored Ads
2. Chris Vieira - To Target or Not To Target, Ads That Is
7. Friday
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. National ID Debate Prep (paper optional)
1. Dakota Payette - Domestic and Foriegn Threats
2. Tom White - End To End Chat Encryption
3. Garrett Smith - How The Government Is Using Your Face
8. Tuesday
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Group Project web site progress through topics covered in class to date.
1. Dian Chen - Online or Brick and Mortar Crime
2. Ray Schade - Be In A Botnet
3. Chioma Onyenokwe - Deepfake Face Swap
9. Friday
Errors Failures Risks
Guest Speaker
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Paper 3: Code Testing
0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. Joe Turcotte - Electronic Voting Good for Democracy
2. Scott Gubrud - Self Crashing Cars
3. Kyle Ehrlich - Dev-User Performance Gap
10. Tuesday
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
Read the newly released Code of Ethics at: https://www.acm.org/code-of-ethics instead of the one in the text book.
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Game Debate Notes (paper optional)
1. Ryan Eastwood - Don't Build Dangerous AI
2. Anagha Late - Machines Need Us
3. Manjusha Chava - We Need AI in Additive/Subtractive Manufacturing
11. Friday
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Interview at end of chapter
3. Group Presentation Draft
4. Paper 4: Automation
1. Yujia Qiu - Elderly Medical Care
2. Adam Desveaux - Cryptocurrency and You
3. Wyatt Bahm - Did My Job So Well I Lost It
12. Tuesday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. AI and Commercial Airline Pilots - Manjusha Chava, Nugzar Chkhaidze, Anthony Galgano, Dakota Payette

2. Smart Home Speakers - Wyatt Bahm, Luke Bodwell, Adam Desveaux, Scott Gubrud, Mir Sultan

3. User Cybersecurity - Ray Schade, Kyle Ehrlich, Chris Vieira, Ryan Eastwood
13. Friday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Mixed Reality - Dian Chen, Trang Ha, Chioma Onyenokwe, Joseph Turcotte, Yujia Qiu

2. Self Driving Cars - Brennan Aubuchon, Anagha Late, Amrit Parmanand, Tom White

3. Wearables - Mairead O'neill, Parker Coady, Brendan Nguyen, Garrett Smith
14. Tuesday
- Student Topic Choice
- Rain Date: IP Guest Speaker
- Rain Date: Errors, Failures, Risks Guest Speaker
1. Group Evaluations 0. Brannen Hough - Patriot Missile Engineer
1. Mir Sultan - Should We Stop Online Piracy
2. Luke Bodwell - Video Games Are Good For Children
3. Joe Turcotte - Computing Good for Democratic Elections
4. Nugzar Chkhaidza - Chat Bots
5. Chioma Onyenokwe - Deepfake Face Swap
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 as 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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