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12/12/2017 (Finals Week) – Student Presentations II

In our last session (Finals Week) we will do part II of student presentations. Blog comments may address one or more of the excerpts assigned if you are not already assigned to a specific book for commenting in this session. The schedule of presented readings is as follows:

7:00 DINNER SERVED

7:15 Annie Jacobsen, The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency (2016)

7:30 Robert Kyncl, Streampunks: Youtube and the Rebels Remaking Media (2017)

7:45 Brad Stone, The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World (2017)

8:00 Robert Cialdini, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary New Way to Influence and Persuade (2016)

8:15 Andrew W. Lo, Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought (2017)

8:30 BREAK

8:35 Pedro Domingos, The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World (2015) (The page groupings are as follows — some page numbers are cut off: Pages 24 – 26, Pages 52 – 53, Pages 141 – 142, Pages 174 – 175, Pages 267 – 270, & Pages 288 – 289)

8:50 Hector J. Levesque, Common Sense, the Turing Test, and the Quest for Real AI: Reflections on Natural and Artificial Intelligence (2017)

9:05 Marina J. Lostetter, Noumenon (2017) [fiction] (Focus simply on the parts of these passages discussing I.C.C., an apparently conscious computer who leads an envoy of interstellar generation ships from Earth to a distant star named LQ Pyxidis.)

9:20 Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2017)

9:35 CLASS SUMMARY AND WRAP-UP DISCUSSION

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12/5/2017 – Student Presentations I

This week we do part I of student presentations. Blog comments may address one or more of the excerpts assigned if you are not already assigned to a specific book for commenting in this session. The schedule of presented readings is as follows:

7:30 Jennifer Granick, American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It (2017)

7:45 Jon Ronson Riverhead, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (2015)

8:00 Zoe Quinn, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate (2017)

8:15 Eric Topol, The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands (2015) [4 mini-excerpts in the attachment- pgs. 4-8.5, 51-52.5, 152.5-157.5, and 271.5-274.5 – for a total of ~14-14.5 pages]

8:30 Daniel J. Levitin, Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era (2016)

8:45 BREAK

8:50 Nicholas Carr, Utopia Is Creepy, and Other Provocations (2016) [“The Amorality of Web 2.0”, and “The Boys of Mountain View”]

9:05 Shanto Iyengar, Media Politics: A Citizen’s Guide, Third Edition (2015)

9:20 Zeynep Tufekci, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest (2017)

9:35 Robert W. McChesney, Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy (2014)

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11/28/2017 – Life 3.0 (conclusion)

In this session we finish reading and discussing Max Tegmark’s book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, chapters 7-8 and Epilogue. Students in the class: please post your blog comment on this entry by Tuesday, November 28, at 6pm.

 

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11/14/2017 – Life 3.0 (continued)

This week we continue reading and discussing Max Tegmark’s book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, chapters 4-6. Students in the class: please post your blog comment on this entry by Tuesday, November 14, at 6pm.

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11/7/2017 – Life 3.0 (beginning)

This week we begin reading and discussing Max Tegmark’s book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Prelude and chapters 1-3. Students in the class: please post your blog comment on this entry by Tuesday, November 7, at 6pm.

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10/31/2017 – Weapons of Math Destruction (part 2)

This week we finish reading and discussing Cathy O’Neil’s book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, chapters 7 through 10, Conclusion, and Afterward. Students in the class: please post your blog comment on this entry by Tuesday, October 31, at 6pm.

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10/24/2017 – Weapons of Math Destruction (part 1)

This week we begin reading and discussing Cathy O’Neil’s book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, chapters 1 through 6. Students in the class: please post your blog comment on this entry by Tuesday, October 24, at 6pm.

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