WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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2022 D 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. 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
4. Sign up for individual presentation
3. Tuesday
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
2. DRAFT: Paper 1: Computing Technology Timeline
3. Wiki: Computing Technology Timeline
4. Friday
Freedom of Speech 1. Chapter 3 - Networked Communications
2. FINAL: Paper 1: Technology Timeline
1. Kaley Du - Regulating Social Media Manipulative Inciting Content
2. Maia Grant - Social Media Impede or Improve Communication?
5. Tuesday
Intellectual Property
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
SKIP Interview at end of chapter
1. Caleb Scopetski - YouTube Copyright Abuse and Fair Use
6. Friday
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. DRAFT: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Serena Mower - Should We Microchip Our Kids?
2. Dylan Phillips - IoT and Your Privacy
3. Shivali Mani - AI Information Communication Manipulation
7. Tuesday
Privacy 1. Chapter 6 - Privacy and the Government
2. Facial Recognition Debate Prep (draft paper optional)
3. FINAL: Paper 2: Self Search (moved to next class)
1. Casey Wohlers - The GDPR and You
2. Rosemary Shelton - Government's Rights Over Private Data
3. Noah Plasse - Criminal ID or Your Genertic Privacy?
8. Friday
Crime 1. Chapter 7 - Computer and Network Security
2. Group Project web site through topics covered to date.
3. FINAL: Optional Paper: Facial Recognition
4. FINAL: Paper 2: Self Search (moved from previous class)
1. Joe Dobbelaar - Ransomware and Government Response
9. Tuesday
Errors Failures Risks
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. DRAFT: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Yveder Joseph - Sanctioned AI Human Harm
2. Kseniia Romanova - Revisiting Liability
3. David Datta - Self Driving Cars and Dangerous Bias
4. Hailey Anderson - Algorithmic Bias
10. Friday
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. Francis Coghlan - Who Consents, Your BCI or You?
2. Neville Ingram - AI: Where to Draw the Line?
3. Juliana Porto - Dehumanizing Ubiquity
4. Ethan Reed - Ethical AI Use In Security and Defense
11. Tuesday
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Group Presentation Draft
3. DRAFT: Paper 4: Automation
4. FINAL: Optional Paper: Game
1. Jack Hanlon - Obsoleting Ourselves
2. Nestor Lopez - AI Controlled Economy Inevitable
3. Rachel McBrine - AI Medical Diagnostics
12. Tuesday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
2. FINAL: Paper 4: Automation
1. Galaxy Quest (1999) - Nestor Lopez, Alexandra McFann, Joseph Dobbelaar, Rachel McBrine (KAP)

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) - Kaley Du, Cara Salter, Maia Grant, Casey Wohlers, Noah Plasse (KAP)

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) - Jack Hanlon, Serena Mower, Yveder Joseph, Ethan Reed, Francis Coghlan (KAP)

13. Friday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. Black Mirror: Shut Up And Dance (2016) - James Yi, Caleb Scopetski, Neville Ingram, Brandon Vuong, Rosemary Shelton (KAP)

2. Ocean's Eight (2018) - Kseniia Romanova, Juliana Porto, Hailey Anderson, David Datta, Nicholas MacHado (KAP)

3. The Adam Project (2022) - Shivali Mani, Matthew Amodea, Matthew Adrangna, Dylan Phillips, Brandon Luong (KAP)
14. Tuesday
Student Choice 1. Group Evaluations
2. Group Web Sites
1. Matthew Adragna - Propaganda and Misinformation
2. Alexandra McFann - Planned Obsolescence
3. Matthew Amodea - Robot Surgeon For Me!
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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