Schedule

This schedule for the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Spring 2020 includes a weekly summary of in-class activities, and pre-class and post-class responsibilities. For more detailed descriptions of what these responsibilities are, see Course Organization.

All assigned materials (with a few exceptions) are available on this Schedule.

Summary of non-weekly deadlines 

  • Final-Project Group-of-3 Preferences: Friday, February 28
  • Poster (if you want us to print it): Tuesday, April 7
  • Late-Term Exam: Thursday, April 9
  • Conference Fair: Tuesday, April 14 (2:35 am – 3:50 pm, Sarratt Promenade)
  • Individual Reflection of Final Project: Wednesday, April 15
  • Final Collaborative Group Project Report (1 per team): Friday, April 17

Please feel free to share any resource you find relevant to class materials and discussions HERE, in the collaborative class archive. This document can serve as a repository of the knowledge/learnings class members have gained and created throughout the course.

WEEK 1: AI & PERSONHOOD

The Spectrum of AIs: Weak (narrow), Strong (general), and Super AIs

To Do before January 7 class:

  • See pre-class email that asks you to study these pages and start the materials for January 9

Class meeting (Tuesday, January 7 ):

  • Attendance
  • Introductions
  • Course Overview, including weak AI, strong AI, and super AI
  • Read Isaac Asimov’s short story “Robot Dreams” aloud in class
  • Discussion

To Do before January 9 class:

These responsibilities deviate from the “Typical Week” format under Course Organization.

Class meeting (Thursday, January 9 ):

To Do after January 9 class:

These responsibilities return to the “Typical Week” format under Course Organization.


 WEEK 2: AI & ENGINEERING (SMART CITIES) 

To Do before January 14 class:

  • See “For Week 2” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w2, by Monday, January 13 at 12:00 pm. Adhere to the word limits specified under Course Organization.

Class meeting (Jan 14):

To Do before Jan 16 class:

Class meeting (Jan 16):

  • Form Assignment Groups of Three (for next week)
  • Attendance
  • Discuss smart cities with guest discussant Professor Dubey (see HERE for his slides on Smart Cities & Nashville applications)

To Do after Jan 16 class:


WEEK 3: AI & CREATIVITY

To Do BEFORE January 21 class:

  • See “For Week 3” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w3, by Monday, January 20 at 12:00 pm. Adhere to the word limits specified under Course Organization.

Class meeting (January 21):

  • Attendance
  • Discussion on Computational Creativity material

To Do BEFORE January 23 class:

  • Group Assignment GA-w3: Upload by Wednesday, January 22 at 12:00 pm

Class meeting (January 23):

To Do after Jan 23 class:

  • Post responses R-w3 to at least one other class member’s VF post by Saturday, January 25 at 12:00 pm using the ‘reply’ function on Brightspace.
  • Group Assignment GA-w4: Upload by Wednesday, January 29 at 12:00 pm
  • For Week 4
    • Watch Black Mirror (TV show) season 3 ep 6 “Hated in the Nation” (available on Netflix)
    • Read the Section “AI Applications for Defense”, pp. 9-15 of Artificial Intelligence and National Security. Updated November 21, 2019 Congressional Research Service https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R45178.pdf
    • Read AI Open Letter by Future of Life Institute
    • Optionally explore further resources

WEEK 4: AI and the MILITARY

To Do BEFORE January 28 class:

  • See “For Week 4” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w4, by Monday, January 27 at 12:00 pm. Adhere to the word limits specified under Course Organization.

In Class (January 28):

  • Attendance
  • Discuss material

To Do BEFORE January 30 class:

  • Group Assignment GA-w4: Upload by Wednesday, January 29 at 12:00 pm

In Class (January 30):

  • Form Assignment Groups of Three (for next week)
  • Attendance
  • Under the Hood (AI Theory) on Black Mirror episode – (technical background)
  • Discuss material and state of art with Professor Sztipanovits

To Do after January 30 class:


WEEK 5: AI & SOCIAL JUSTICE

To Do BEFORE February 4 class:

  • See “For Week 5” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w5, by Monday, February 3 at 12:00 pm. Adhere to the word limits specified under Course Organization.

Class meeting (February 4):

To Do BEFORE February 6 class:

  • Group Assignment GA-w5: Upload by Wednesday, February 5 at 12:00 pm

Class meeting (February 6):

To Do after February 6 class:


WEEK 6: AI & MEDICINE 

  • Guest Discussant: None Colin Walsh, Biomedical informatics / psychiatry / medicine

To Do BEFORE February 11:

  • See “For Week 6” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w6, by Monday, February 10 at 12:00 pm. Adhere to the word limits specified under Course Organization.

In Class (February 11):

  • Submit GA-w6 by 11:59 am on Wednesday, February 12
  • Joint summary and discussion 

To Do BEFORE February 13:

In Class (February 13):

  • Form Assignment Groups of Three (for next week)
  • Attendance
  • Discussion

To Do After February 13 Class:

  • Post responses R-w6 to at least one other class member’s VF post by Saturday, February 15 at 12:00 pm using the ‘reply’ function on Brightspace.
  • Group Assignment GA-w7: Upload by Wednesday, February 20 at 11:59 pm
  • For week 7

WEEK 7: AI & THE LAW

To Do BEFORE February 18 class:

  • See “For Week 7” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w7, by Monday, February 17 at 12:00 pm.

In Class (February 18):

  • Attendance
  • Small group discussion on class readings and VF

To Do BEFORE February 20 class:

  • Group Assignment GA-w7: Upload by Wednesday, February 19 at 11:59 pm

In Class (February 20):

  • Attendance
  • No GA-w8!!! =)
  • Discuss texts and issues with Professor Ruhl  
  • Blog posts – select one, tailor it, and send it to us (to be posted on the University Course Breakthru Blog)
  • Under the Hood (AI Theory): Evaluating machine learning and AI systems

To Do after February 20 class:

  • Post responses R-w7 to at least one other class member’s VF post by Saturday, February 22 at 12:00 pm using the ‘reply’ function on Brightspace.
  • For Week 8

WEEK 8: SUPERINTELLIGENCE 

  • Guest Discussant: Michael Bess

To Do BEFORE February 25 class:

  • See “For Week 8” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w8, by Monday, February 24 at 12:00 pm. Adhere to the word limits specified under Course Organization.

In Class (February 25):

  • Attendance
  • Mid-term Self Reflection: write and submit in class (10 min)
  • Under the Hood (AI Theory) – Singularity, Intelligence Explosion 
  • Discuss texts in small groups 

To Do BEFORE February 27:

  • Group Assignment GA-w8: Upload by Wednesday, February 26 at 12:00 pm

In Class (February 27):

  • Form GA Groups of Three (for week 10)
  • Attendance
  • Michael Bess as guest discussant

To Do after Feb 27 class (before, and throughout Spring Break)

  • Post responses R-w8 to at least one other class member’s VF post by Saturday, February 29 at 12:00 pm using the ‘reply’ function on Brightspace. (Do it early so as to maximally enjoy break)
  • Submit Final-Project Group-of-3 preferences by Friday, February 28 at 11:59 pm as a single Word or plain text file under Assignments on Brightspace, NOT Discussions
    • who you would prefer working with (top 5, at least, and can be “anyone”)
    • Two-three ideas on a final project topic ( — “elevator pitches” in no more than 50 words total)
  • Group Assignment GA-w10 Submit by Wednesday March 11 at 12:00 pm
  • For Week 10

WEEK 9 Spring break (February 29 – March 8 )

  • Opportunity to catch up on missed VF posts and responses – by the end of spring break

WEEK 10: AI and Environmental Sustainability

  • Guest Discussant: none

To Do BEFORE March 10:

  • See “For Week 10” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w10, by Monday, March 9 at 12:00 pm.

In Class (Tuesday, March 10):

  • Attendance
  • Form final project groups
  • Discuss Readings
  • Center for Teaching SGA (Small Group Analysis), starting at 3:25 pm

To Do BEFORE March 12 class:

  • Meet with your project groups
  • Submit Group Assignment GA-w10 on Brightspace by Wednesday March 11 at 12:00 pm

In Class (March 12):

  • Attendance
  • Under the Hood (AI Theory): Optimization
  • Hand out synthesis exam (Due Week 13)

To Do after March 12 class: 


WEEK 11: AI & EDUCATION

  • Guess Discussant: Ashok Goel – will be Zooming in

To Do BEFORE March 17 class:

  • See “For Week 11” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w11, by Monday, March 16 at 12:00 pm. Adhere to the word limits specified under Course Organization.

In Class (March 17):

  • Attendance
  • Discuss texts

To Do BEFORE March 19 class:

  • Post Group Assignment GA-w11  by Wednesday March 18 at 12:00 pm

In Class (March 19):

  • Form Assignment Groups of Three (for next week)
  • Attendance
  • Discuss texts in association with VF

To Do after March 19 class:

  • Post responses R-w11 to at least one other class member’s VF post by Saturday, March 21 at 12:00 pm using the ‘reply’ function on Brightspace.
  • Group Assignment GA-w12 Submit by Wednesday March 27 at 12:00 pm
  • For Week 12
    • Watch the short film Heavenly Creature on Amazon Video (purchase or rent: this is the second short film in a compilation of three, collectively entitled Doomsday Book. Heavenly Creature begins at 00:38:45).
    • Read Helen (Haerin) Shin’s “Readymade Bodhisattva
    • Optionally explore further resources

WEEK 12: AI and DIVINITY

To Do BEFORE March 24 class:

  • See “For Week 12” above
  • Virtual Forum post VF-w12, by Monday, March  23 at 12:00 pm. Adhere to the word limits specified under Course Organization.

In Class (March 24):

  • Discuss film & essay with Clifford Anderson  in small groups, calling upon student expertise
  • Reminder – group project posters (submission deadline next Thurs)

To Do BEFORE March 26:

  • Post Group Assignment GA-w12  by Wednesday March 25 at 12:00 pm

In Class (March 26):

  • Under the Hood – Uncanny / Uncanny Valley, discussion of this week’s readings calling upon student expertise, in Small Groups
  • Notes on previous forum posts

To Do after March 26 class:


WEEK 13: 

  • Synth exam due / Project Group work / Elevator Pitches

To Do BEFORE March 31 class:

  • See “For Week 13” above

In Class (March 31):

To Do BEFORE April 2 class:  

  • Finalize synth exam essays and get ready to submit
  • Prepare elevator pitches 

In Class (April 2): 

  • Group Project Updates: elevator pitches
  • Submit poster designs (JPEG file, high resolution) if your group plans to print / use one in the fair

To Do after April 2 class:

  • Submit Synthesis Exam to Brightspace (by Friday, 11:59 pm)
  • Prepare for Invited Speaker (READINGS – insert materials suggested by Dr. Erwin Gianchandani)

 


WEEK 14: 

To Do BEFORE April 7:

  • See “For Week 14” above

In Class (April 7):

  • Invited Speaker Dr. Erwin Gianchandani visits class

To Do BEFORE April 9:

  • Work on group project (don’t forget to print posters in advance, if your group plans to use one) 

In Class (April 9):

  • BANQUET (details and guests TBD) 

To Do After April 9 Class:

  • Prepare for Class Conference Fair
  • Work on Collaboratively Written Report

WEEK 15: CONFERENCE FAIR

To Do BEFORE April 14 class:

  • Prepare for Conference Fair  

In Class (April 14):

  • Conference Fair: Location TBD (possibly Sarratt Promenade) 

To Do BEFORE April 16 class

  • Submit Individual Reflection on Project, individually written (min. 250~ max. 500 words) to VF by Wed, April 15 11:59pm

In Class (April 16)

  • Retrospective Town Hall  (open conversation on class experience and learnings – with food!) 
    • Go around and share thoughts & reflections about the course experience, suggestions and ideas for future iterations, etc.
    • Sign licence agreement for digital archive
    • Poster reimbursement
    • Course eval

To Do After April 16 class

Classes End (Monday, April 20)

Reading Day (Tuesday, April 21, 2018)

Douglas H. Fisher (Computer Science; Computer Engineering; Communication of  Science & Technology — affiliated)
Haerin Shin (English; Cinema & Media Arts; Asian Studies — affiliated)