12/7 – Student Presentations II

Our last session runs from 7-10pm, our allotted final exam time, on Monday, December 7. Blog comments are due at 5pm, and can cover one or more of the assigned excerpts. Here is the schedule for the session, with assigned excerpts linked:

7:00 Kim Stolz, Unfriending My Ex

7:20 Whitney Phillips, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

7:40 Lydia Bright, The Ugly Face of Facebook

8:00 Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg, Modern Romance [read excerpt from back to front]

8:20 BREAK

8:25 Daniel J. Levitin, The Organized Mind

8:45 Michael Lewis, Flash Boys  excerpt1  excerpt2

9:05 Kentaro Toyama, Geek Heresy

9:25 Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, Inventing the Future  (footnotes)

9:45 WRAP-UP II (done at 10pm)



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11/30 – Student Presentations I

This week we do part I of student presentations. Blog comments may address one or more of the excerpts assigned. The schedule of presented readings is as follows:

7:15 Julian Assange, When Google Met Wikileaks

7:35 Robert McChesney, Blowing the Roof Off the 21st Century [excerpt is p. 221 onward]

7:55 Jeremy Rifkin, The Zero Marginal Cost Society

8:15 Martin Ford, Rise of the Robots

8:35 BREAK

8:40 Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey [excerpt is chapters 24-28 (pages 55-67)]

9:00 Christine L. Borgman, Big Data, Little Data, No Data

9:20 Reading and video about artificial impersonation

9:40 WRAP-UP I


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11/16 – Superintelligence chapters 11-15

This week we conclude our discussion of Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom.


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11/9 – Superintelligence chapters 6-10

This week we continue discussing Superintelligence with a focus on the middle third of the book.


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11/2 – Superintelligence chapters 1-5

This week we begin our discussion of Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, focusing on chapters 1-5.


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10/26/2015 – The Black Box Society chapters 4-6

This week we conclude our discussion of The Black Box Society.

NOTE: The reading is a little longer than usual this week, so you should allow extra time to finish it.

Please be ready to state which book you are reading for the student presentations at the end of the quarter.

Comment lengths are restricted to 300 words or less.


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10/19/2015 – The Black Box Society chapters 1-3

This week we read the first three chapters of Frank Pasquale’s The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information.

Students in the class should come to class with a preliminary idea of what book they would like to present during the last two sessions. Think also about back-up ideas in case we have a conflict over a book title. Suggested books for student presentations are listed by topic on the course website.

Once more:

UPDATE: The word limit for comments has been increased to 300 words or less.


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