Social and Ethical Issues in Computing
Spring 2015Mondays 12:00–12:50 — CENT 1030 § 001
Mondays 3:00–3:50 — CENT 1032 § 002
Prof. Patrick Gage Kelleypgk @ unm.edu
Schedule / all the important details
- Monday 17 August
Discussion: Introduction and class goals.
Discussion: The Right to Be Forgotten.
In class video:
- Monday 24 August
Discussion: The Ethics of AdBlocking.
Read for class: Read for class: Read for class: Read for class: Read for class: Essay due:
- Monday 31 August
Discussion: The new ethics of technology.
Read for class: Maner– Is Computer Ethics Unique?
Read for class: Johnson– Computer Ethics
- Wednesday 7 September
Labor Day Apparently you don't have to come to class.
- Monday 14 September
Discussion: Ashley Madison.
Read for class: Read for class: Read this update: Read for class: Consider: Essay due:
- Monday 21 September
Discussion: Codes of Ethics.
Read for class: ACM Code of Ethics
Consider: Ordine Geometria Demonstrata
Consider: Essay due:
- Monday 28 September
Choose a couple of the following readings. (At least two, and as always feel free to read *other* things as well).View for class: Read for class: Read for class: Read for class: Read for class: Read for class: Read for class: Read for class: Essay due:
- Monday 5 October
Discussion: Project proposals
Listen for class: Ideas due: Project proposal ideas:
Submit three topic ideas. Each idea should be no more than three sentences. The project must be somehow related to a social/ethical issue that is a result of computing or technology broadly. You should submit three very different ideas, all of which you are interested in, so that we can find a good, new, compelling direction for your project. You want to describe the topic area (for example, say more than just drones) but also what your angle is / why you are interested in it (for example, drones that guard the US/Mexico border)
- Monday 12 October
Read for class: Common Data Project
Optional: Optional: Essay due:
- Monday 19 October
Project Proposals due
Your goal here is to convince me that (1) your project is interesting (2) you are actually interested in it (3) you are going to say something/do something that hasn't been said/done before and (4) there are enough resources/information out there that this can actually happen
- your name
- your email address
- and a potential project name (you can change this later)
- a one paragraph description of the project (this is the one you are really going to want to do / commit to)
- at least five (5) links to starter ideas, arguments, facts, thoughts, essays (you don't need to have read these entirely, but they should be reasonable...)
- and a short description of three "hard decisions/questions" that you think might be in this space
- Monday 26 October
The Singularity (is near?)
The Coming Singularity
The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence
The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction
Bill Gates Fears AI, but AI Researchers Know Better
The Myth of AI (optional due to length, but this matters.)
Of Daisies and the Robot Apocalypse
- OUTLINE DUE Friday
30 October6 November Email PGK your detailed outlineNote this is not a class day
Sample outline, VW
- Monday 2 November
Project Presentations I
Noon – VR & 3D
Thoa - 3D Printing
Germaine - 3D Printing Organs
James - VR
Joe - Medical VR
Robert - Medical VR3pm – New Technologies
Mike - DNA Manipulation
Shea - 3D Printing
Christopher - Facial Recognition
James - Stock Trading
Thomas - Dark web
- Monday 9 November
Project Presentations II
Noon – Hacking
Dominic - Google Hacking
Deb - Wifatch
Bea - "Hacking"
Austin - Biometrics3pm – Policy
Erick - Brazil and Surveillance
Audarius - Adblock
Austin - CISA
Anacaren - Border technology
Chase - Gamergate
- Monday 16 November
Project Presentations III
Noon – RobotCars and the Developing World
Peter - Robots taking our jobs
Rob - Cars are killing people
Nathaniel - Cars are killing people
Nicholas - The developing world3pm – Drones & Cars
Corey - Surveillance Drones
Candace - Military Drones
Sherman - Self-driving cars
Mario - Is insuring those cars
Nathan - Wants to drive cars
- Final Project Rubric
What I am looking for in your final projects:
- Questions: Thoughtful questions asked that show a relationship between science, technology, ethics, and society.
- Answers: Well reasoned (and sourced) answers that allow the reader to think in depth on your topic questions.
- Media/Data: Use of media and/or data to support your argument/analysis.
- Technological understanding/explanation: Being able to *accurately* explain some element of your technology or a technology involved to a more general audience, but where an expert would still agree that you got it basically correct.
- Audience: A complete project should be written at the level where I could give it to a class of UNM freshmen (not in CS) and they would learn and better understand your topic.
Each of these five areas will be weighted equally, and I will give you scores on each area based on your first drafts (points will be taken across the board for grammatical errors and writing style).
- FIRST DRAFT DUE Friday 20 November
Email PGK your as complete as possible first draft.Note this is not a class day
- Monday 23 November
Project Presentations IV
Noon - Tech Knowledge
Justin - Economic Disadvantages in Tech
Linh - Kids coding
Matthew - Software patents
Tim - Internet knowledge3pm – AI
Jeffrey - We shouldn't AI
Elias - AI is inevitable
Ryan - AI decision making
Clint - AI Rights
- Monday 30 November
Bonus Things Last Day
- FINAL DUE Tuesday 8 December
Society is consistently challenged by new advances, inventions, and the repercussions of technology.
This class explores these issues, from the philosophical foundations of ethics to the minutia of technology policy. Throughout the course we will cover privacy, databases, intellectual property, computer crime, safety and reliability, professional responsibility and codes, the Internet, electronic communities, smartphones, the cloud, and the social and legal impacts of these and other technologies.
Nearly every week you will have to turn in a short (ideally 1 page) written essay. These should be turned in, printed out, each Monday in class.
You are expect to attend class, to have completed the assigned readings, and to participate in class discussion. If you must miss a class, please send an email in advance. All assignments should be done individually.
- Class discussion – 30%
- Short weekly assignments – 40%
- Longer project – 30%