Ethical Issues Surrounding Artificial Intelligence Systems and Big Data
- Instructors: Su Lin Blodgett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Abe Handler (email@example.com), Katie Keith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Semester: Fall 2018
- Course Description
- Schedule and readings
This course will consider some large questions surrounding ethics in artificial intelligence systems. These questions include:
Do computers make decisions in a way that is more fair and less biased than people?
What are the political, legal, social, economic and technological forces that govern the digital world? Which forces are in opposition? Which forces are aligned?
What role does the government currently play in directing AI technology in the United States? What role could the government play? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches?
Schedule and readings
Readings and videos listed under each week are to be done before that week's class.
Week 1: Inspiration
Week 2: Machine Learning Foundations
Introduction to Weapons of Math Destruction. Check Moodle for the week's reading.
Week 3: Ethical Intuitions
Challenge: Author's Note, Kosinski and Wang
Week 4: Ethical Foundations
- Reading is from Donald Palmer, Does the Center Hold?
Week 5: Fairness
Week 6: Fairness
Week 7: Fairness
Week 8: Privacy
Week 9: Privacy
Week 10: Automated Decision-Making and Interpretability
Week 11: Accountability and Regulation
Week 12: Diversity
Week 13: AI for Social Good and Reflection
Your grade will be based equally on the following:
- 50% Online reading responses. Each week in this course you will write an online response to the readings on Moodle. You must turn in your response before class to receive credit for the week.
- 50% Participation during class discussions. This class will have weekly in-class discussions. Different students may participate in different ways: for instance by talking in large groups, talking in small groups or listening carefully to others.
The following guidelines will create a comfortable and productive learning environment throughout the semester.
You can expect us:
- To start and end class on time
- To reply to emails within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends
- To assign readings and class activities that will foster engaging discussion
We can expect you:
- To come to class on time
- Since we will be discussing complex issues, to come with an open mind
- To assume the best of others' intentions in discussion
- To be respectful of others' viewpoints
- As much as possible, back up comments with evidence, argumentation, or recognition of inherent tradeoffs