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.

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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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10/12/2015 – Mind Change chapters 15-20

This week we conclude the discussion of Mind Change.

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10/5/2015 – Mind Change chapters 9-14

This week we continue with Mind Change, reading chapters 9 through 14.

Students: Post your comment on this entry by 5pm on Monday the 5th.

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9/28/2015 – Mind Change Preface and chapters 1-8

This week we begin our discussion of Susan Greenfield’s Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains. You should read the Preface and chapters 1-8 for Monday’s discussion.

Post your comment (not more than 250 words!) on this week’s reading before 5pm on Monday, as a comment on this week’s blog post.

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