WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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2021 A Term Archive

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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. Friday
Introduction All Chapter readings include Interview found after questions unless otherwise indicated.
2. Tuesday
Critical Thinking 1. Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change
2. Appendix A - Plagiarism
3. Appendix B - Introduction to Argumentation
4. Discussion Board: Movies
4. Sign up for individual presentation
3. Friday
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
2. DRAFT: Paper 1: Computing Technology Timeline
3. Wiki: Computing Technology Timeline
4. Tuesday
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
2. FINAL: Paper 1: Technology Timeline
1. Dylan Shanes - Social Media Bad for Teens
2. Kenneth Nguyen - Censoring Social Media
3. Brendan Byrne - Social Sites and Foreign Policy
5. Friday
Intellectual Property
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
SKIP Interview at end of chapter
1. Emily Lin - Music Piracy Hurts
2. Justin Luce - AI Generated Code Ownership
6. Tuesday
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. DRAFT: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Cather Zhang - Data Breach
7. Friday
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Facial Recognition Debate Prep (paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Emily Baker - Automating Justice
2. Austin Rebello - Be Concerned About AI Surveillance
3. Liam Hall - Should Big Brother Tell You're Being Watched?
8. Tuesday
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Group Project web site through topics covered to date.
3. Optional Paper: Facial Recognition
1. Qixing Xue - Encryption and Trust
2. Talia Andrews - Video Game Microtransactions
3. Brian DeFlaminio - Under the Robotic Knife
9. Friday
Errors Failures Risks
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. DRAFT: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Brianna Sahagian - Blame the Car?
2. Joshua Malcarne - Reducing Human Bias in AI
3. Omri Green - Self-driving Cars: Selling Your Safety
10. Tuesday
Professional Ethics 1. Chapter 9 - Professional Ethics
Read the newer Code of Ethics at: https://www.acm.org/code-of-ethics instead.
2. Game Debate Notes (paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Nicole Burgess - Disadvantages of Growing Up Digitially
2. Dov Ushman - The Need For VR
3. Andrew Hariyanto - Virtual Reality In Healthcare
11. Friday
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Group Presentation Draft
3. DRAFT: Paper 4: Automation
4. Optional Paper: Game
1. Andrei Bornstein - Stock Market and National Economy
2. Nate Sadlier - Job Creation
3. Joseph Rozman - Low Skilled Computation
4. Gabriel Buonomano - Automatically To Your Door
12. Tuesday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
2. FINAL: Paper 4: Automation
1. Wargames (1983) - Andrei Bornstein, Liam Hall, Joshua Malcarne, Nathaniel Sadlier, Dylan Shanes, (KAP)

2. The Matrix (1999) - Ander Carbajo Perez, Shen Fang, Kenneth Nguyen, Austin Rebello, Brianna Sahagian, (KAP)

3. Deep Web (2015) - Emily Baker, Justin Luce, Qixing Xue, (KAP)

13. Friday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Black Mirror: Men Against Fire (2016) - Talia Andrews, Brendan Byrne, Brian DeFlaminio, Emily Lin, Cather Zhang, (KAP)

2. OtherLife (2017) - Nicole Burgess, Jair Meza, Joseph Rozman, (KAP)

3. The Hummingbird Project (2018) - Andrew Hariyanto, Dov Ushman, Luke Ypsilantis, (KAP)

4. The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) - Sean Barbour, Gabriel Buonomano, Omri Green, Cameron Mulready, (KAP)
14. Tuesday
Student Choice 1. Group Evaluations
2. Group Web Sites
1. Jair Meza - Please Pass The Chips
2. Luke Ypsilantis - Sport Analytics
3. Shen Fang - Trustworthy?
4. Ander Carbajo Perez - Facial Recognition
5. Sean Barbour - Online Parasocial Relationships Harmful?
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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