WPI Social Implications Of Computing
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2023 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
5. Sign up for individual presentation
3. Tuesday
Ethics 1. Chapter 2 - Introduction to Ethics
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. Alexsandra Antoski - Down The Rabbit Hole
2. Kayla Afonseca - When To Plug The Children In
3. Raman Kaushik - Saved It On My Phone
5. Friday
Intellectual Property
1. Chapter 4 - Intellectual Property
SKIP Interview at end of chapter
1. Emma Herman - Who Owns AI Art?
2. Aman Gupta - Apple App Store Monopoly?s
6. Tuesday
Privacy 1. Chapter 5 - Information Privacy
2. DRAFT: Paper 2: Self Search
1. Alessandro Brianti - Beware Wearables
2. Najum Soofi - IT Never Forgets
3. Skyler Wiernik - Take A Bite Out Of FAANG
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. Julie Vieira - Appropriate Digital Surveillance
2. Samson Hodges - Search Privacy
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
9. Friday
Errors Failures Risks
1. Chapter 8 - Computer Reliability
2. DRAFT: Paper 3: Code Testing
1. Winston Lewis - AI In The Legal System
2. Tanishka Dalavi - Towards Inclusive AI
3. Nathan Smith - Eco Swarms
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. Lily Bromberger - Is Defense Right For Me
2. Chandler Garcia - Asimov Laws of Robitcs Right for Swarms?
3. Kyle Lopez - In AI We Love
11. Tuesday
1. Chapter 10 - Work and Wealth
2. Group Presentation Draft
3. DRAFT: Paper 4: Automation
4. FINAL: Optional Paper: Game
1. Samantha Yeung - AI Art Legal Restrictions
2. Ash Kittur - AI Big Tech Workforce
3. Yasin Akbashev - AI Art Industry
4. Oliver Reera - Job Security
12. Friday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
2. FINAL: Paper 4: Automation
1. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997) - Najum Soofi, Chandler Garcia, Ashton Kittur, (KAP)

2. WALL-E (2008) - Tanishka Dalavi, Samantha Yeung, Yasin Akbashev, Nathan Smith, Alessandro Brianti, (KAP)

3. In Time (2011) - Lily Bromberger, Raman Kaushik, Akshay Shinde, Ryan Suarez, (KAP)
13. Tuesday
Group Presentations 1. Non-presenter Questions
1. The Giver (2014) - Alexsandra Antoski, Julie Vieira, Aman Gupta, Hazel Green, Samson Hodges, (KAP)

2. Don't Look Up (2021) - Winston Lewis, Oliver Reera, Naomi Treto, Xiao Xiao

3. Back To The Future (1985) - Kayla Afonseca, Ansel Chang, Emma Herman, Kyle Lopez, Skyler Wiernik, (KAP)
14. Wednesday
Student Choice
NOTE: Wednesday
1. Group Evaluations
2. Group Web Sites
1. Akshay Shinde - Media and Government
2. Ryan Suarez - Regulating Tik Tok
3. Ansel Chang - AI Out Of Control
4. Xiao Xiao - Cybercrime Grey
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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