Dr. J. Goldsmith
Office: 311 Marksbury Building, Phone: 257-4245
Office Hours: TBA and by appointment. Email questions strongly encouraged and answered.
The topics covered in this course will be:
Prereqs: Ability to read and write English, and to think and write analytically.
Textbook: Computer Ethics, fourth edition Deborah Johnson. Prentice Hall, 2009.
There will be:
The midterm project will be completed by March 5th; a project proposal is due on February 5th. The final project is due by DATE, although any in-class presentations must be scheduled during a class period. The final project proposal is due DATE.
Those taking CS 585 002 for graduate credit will not have the lowest essay grade dropped.
Attendance in class and section is very strongly encouraged.
Copying of homework from other students or from other sources is strictly prohibited. Obtaining a solution from another source without citing the source is plagiarism, AND WILL BE PUNISHED. You are encouraged to visit Dr. Goldsmith in her office hours or to send her email if you are stuck on homework problems. You do not need an appointment for regularly scheduled hours.
Students will learn basic concepts in computer ethics. In particular, the student will be able to:
NOTE THAT THIS IS A HACK-IN-PROGRESS FROM A DIFFERENT SYLLABUS. WORKIN' ON IT.
Week by Week Course Outline:
Consider this syllabus a first approximation.
|Date||Readings and Viewings||Assignment|
|Jan. 10||CE Chap. 1|
|Jan. 15--17||Chap. 2; Skilled Work, Without the Worker from The NY Times, By John Markoff. Published: August 18, 2012; movie: Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times|
|Privacy and surveillance|
|Jan. 22--24||Chap. 4, Scenarios; movie: Final Cut (Robin Williams, 2004)|
|Jan. 29--31||Chap. 4, Why Care? story: The Dead Past, Isaac Asimov|
|Feb. 5||MIDTERM PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE|
|Feb. 5--7||Chap. 4, Is Privacy Over? movie: 1984|
|Feb. 12--14||Chap. 5, 109--118; novel: Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson|
|Feb. 19--21||Chap. 5, 119--127; Diamond Age|
|Feb. 26--28||Robot Caregivers, by Jason Borenstein and Yvette Pearson, Journal of Ethics and Information Technology,Volume 12 Issue 3, September 2010, Pages 277 - 288, and story: Mama's Care.|
|Mar. 5||MIDTERM PROJECT DUE|
|Mar. 5--7||"Itsy Bitsy Spider" by James Patrick Kelly Chap. 3, 55--59; movie: Robot and Frank|
|Mar. 11--16||SPRING BREAK|
|Mar. 19--21||"Dolly" by Elizabeth Bear, (Asimov's, January 2011).|
|Mar. 26||FINAL PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE|
|Mar. 26--28||CNN on war drones and Wired on war drones and Sanjeev and Robotwallah (Ian McDonald, 2007).|
|April 2--4||The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster The "Machine Stops," first published in the Oxford and Cambridge Review in 1909 Copyright 1947 E.M. Forster; novel: The Jazz, Melissa Scott; movie: Catfish; Chap. 3, 66--71.|
|April 9--11||TV: Boston Legal episode, Word Salad Days (Season 2, Disc 6); READING.|
|Robot and Cyborg Rights|
|April 16--18||Bicentennial Man, and Star Trek, Next Generation: Measure of a Man (Season 2, Episode 9)|
|April 24--26||Semester Retrospective|
|April 30th||FINAL PROJECT DUE: 9:45 AM|
||This page last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2013.|