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ECS 188 – Ethics in an Age of Technology – Winter 2015 – Phillip Rogaway

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01 M 1/05 Course structure and why I teach this class. Surprise! Nothing due on our first day of class. See Wednesday’s slot for assignments due Wednesday, etc.
02 W 1/07 Q1. Watch Dekalog 1 by Kieslowski. Read the (1) Course information sheet, (2) A Brief Note to the Student, and (3) The Illusion of Progress by Berman. More by Kieslowski: Blue, Red, The Double Life of Veronique
03 F 1/09 Discussed Dekalog I. #A. Write an analysis of Dekalog I. With proper attribution, you may consult secondary sources as desired. If needed, rewatch the film. Panels by Jörg Müller (referred to in the Berman reading)
04 M 1/12 Q2. Discussed McLuhan and watched a short video. Read then #B prepare quotes from the McLuhan Interview. Some vocabulary for the McLuhan reading. McLuhan meets the Net
05 W 1/14 Q3. Discussed Barbour reading. Read Views of Technology by Barbour. .
06 F 1/16 Q4. Discussed Winner article. Watched a short video Read Do Artifacts Have Politics? by Winner. An answer to this article: Do Politics have Artefacts?
xx M 1/19 Holiday MLK’s birthday. No class. But read the What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals (B. Gage, NY Times) FBI’s “Suicide Letter” to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dangers of Unchecked Surveillance (N. Kayyali, EFF)
07 W 1/21 Q5. Watched Chapters 1-17 of The Corporation (2003) Read The Multinational Corporation by Stiglitz. .
08 F 1/23 Q6. Discussed The Corporation. Watch the remainder of The Corporation: chapters 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. Then: #C. In a well-written paragraph, give your personal ethical assessment of one of the individuals featured in the film. Select the person you felt most strongly about—the person you disliked most—or, alternatively, the person you liked most. Come prepared to speak about the person, too, for 3 mins or so. Summary of who’s who in the film
09 M 1/26 Q7. (Didn’t count it.) Discussed the Bill Joy reading. Read Why the future doesn’t need us by Bill Joy (a) Kursweil’s response: Promise and Peril. (b) The Unabomber’s manifesto: Industrial society and its future
10 W 1/28 Watched Testament (1983) #D. Find an authoritative article or list of facts about of nuclear weapons. Give a maximum-one-page enumeration of the most interesting facts you learned. Identify your source. 2015.01.22 press conference: It is 3 minutes to midnight. Former UCD student Issac Trotts: Why I quit my job at LLNL. Roger Ebert’s review of Testament (1983).
11 F 1/30 Q8. Time for finding or speaking with your partner. Discussion of Testament and the Bhopal reading Read Bhopal Lives by S. Mehta. Wikipedia: Bhopal disaster. 2014 update
12 M 2/02 Q9. We discussed the Friedman reading. #E. Milestone 1 due. Read The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Friedman The Lexus and the Olive Tree Revisited by Chang
13 W 2/04 Briefly discussed War reading. Watched Why We Fight (2005) Read War, by B. Orend .
14 F 2/06 Discussed Giving good talks. Discussed Eisenhower speech and Why We Fight (1) Read Eisenhower’s Farewell Address. #F. Please provide an analysis of any aspect of Why we Fight that you wish. Tell me something specific and insightful. Carter’s Malaise Speech (NPR analysis 30 yrs later)
15 M 2/09 Q10. Discussed the first part of the Johnson reading Read Philosophical Ethics by Johnson .
16 W 2/11 Q11. Discussions of utilitarianism, deontology, rights. Read Kantian Ethics by Feldman .
17 F 2/13 Q12. Discussed the Leopold and Cohen readings. (1) Read The Land Ethic by A. Leopold. (2) Read Oldest Living Tree Tells All by M. Cohen. Radiolab: Oops (offset 14:17)
xx M 2/16 Holiday President’s Day .
18 W 2/18 We watched Food, Inc. and briefly discussed the film and Schlosser reading Read a selection from Fast Food Nation by E. Schlosser Sample food rules from Michael Pollan.
19 F 2/20 Q13. We discussed the Postman article and our guest, the can of coke (1) Listen to a video or read an article related to food & ethics (eg, by Peter Singer or Michael Pollan). (2) Read Five Things We Need to Know about Technological Change. (3) Research facts concerning a can (or bottle) of Coke. Think about this artifact in relation to what Postman calls our attention to. What values are embedded in this thing? .
20 M 2/23 We discussed the Leveson reading Read The Therac-25 Accidents by N. Leveson Death and Denial, by Cal Poly student Anne Marie Porrello
21 W 2/25 Q14. Discussed the readings. Discussed some scenarios in small groups, then together (a) Read the ACM Code of Ethics and the Software Engineering Code of Ethics
(b) Read The Fifty-Nine Story Crisis by J. Morgenstern
22 F 2/27 Q15. Discussed the Schmidt reading Read an excerpt from Disciplined Minds by J. Schmidt .
23 M 3/02 Q16. We discussed the articles. Read: article1 - article2 - article3 - article 4 - article5 - Schneier .
24 W 3/04 Watched two Snowden videos (1 and 2 (G. Greenwald, L. Poitras) and a TED talk (R. Ledgett), intersperced with discussions Milestone 2 due. No new reading for today. .
25 F 3/06 Q17. We took turns describing what we had read from Boyle. (1). Read chapter i of The Public Domain, by James Boyle. Come prepared to give a coherent, impomptu summary (3-5 mins) of what you read. Here i = your_group_number mod 10, with zero mapping to 10.
#G. Provide useful comments and corrections on some group’s Milestone 2. One partner is to comment on the group “before” you and one partner is to comment on the group “after” you (in your section, with wrap-around in your section). Name your file as in: d103-PhilR.pdf (for PhilR’s comments on d103.pdf). It goes in the same directory as the Milestone 2 drafts.
Nice illustration of a common muisical chord progression
26 M 3/09 . Read: (1) Technology and Happiness; (2) Higher Social Class Predicts Increased unethical behavior (3) Can Psychology be Taught? Note: I do not expect you to understand the statistics used in the second reading .
27 W 3/11 Presentation Day #1 (1). Read the projects of your section (links below). (H). For each project writeup a grade (1-10) and a one-paragraph assessment to justify your grade. Print out a hardcopy. These will be given to that team. Type your own name in a way where I can easily cut it off. Either put each paragraph on its own page or make sure everything fits on one page (and I will cut them apart).
Section 1: 101, 102, 103, 104. Section 2: 200, 201, 202, 203, 204.
28 F 3/13 Presentation Day #2 Same assignement as before, now (I). Section 1: 105, 106, 107. Section 2: 205, 206, 207 .
29 M 3/16 Presentation Day #3 Same assignement as before, now (J). Section 1: 108, 109, 110. Section 2: 208, 209, 210.
(2) Read the last three projects from your section (no writeup required).
yy R 3/19 Sec 1 Final, 3:30-5:30 pm
Presentations Day #4
Make sure you’ve read: 111, 112, 113. Optional: Prepare grades and comments, just like you did for the prior groups. .
zz S 3/21 Sec 2 Final, 8-10 am
Presentations Day #4
Make sure you’ve read: 211, 212, 213. Optional: Prepare grades and comments, just like you did for the prior groups. .