Please assume that the material and schedule for future meetings may change. If you are particularly interested in some topic not covered here, send an email to Julia.

All the readings for the weeks ahead will be available on Canvas, unless they are available as an ebook from the library. In that case, there will be a link on the schedule.

MondayTuesday WednesdayThursday Friday
sep 6 sep 7 sep 8
LEC 1: Introduction
Preparation: Read Angwin, Larson, Mattu, Kirchner, Investigation into Machine Bias
First day of classes
sep 9 sep 10
LEC 2: Discussion and flexible time
Preparation: Have a go at the Moral Machine
sep 13
LEC 3: Algorithms and AI: fairness and bias
Preparation: Read Susskind, Future Politics, chapters 14, 15, 16
Comment: group A (due Sun, 9pm)
sep 14 sep 15
LEC 4: Algorithms and AI: fairness and bias
Preparation: Read Friedman and Nissenbaum, Bias in Computer Systems
Response: group B (due Tue, 9pm)
sep 16 sep 17
LEC 5: Discussion and flexible time
sep 20
LEC 6: Algorithms and AI: responsibility
Preparation: Read Nissenbaum, Accountability in a computerized society
Preparation: Read Dennett, When HAL Kills, Who’s to Blame?
Assigned: Short paper #1
Comment: group B (due Sun, 9pm)
sep 21 sep 22
LEC 7: Algorithms and AI: responsibility
Preparation: Floridi and Sanders On the morality of artificial agents
Preparation: Searle, Minds, Brains and Programs
Response: group A (due Tue, 9pm)
sep 23 sep 24
LEC 8: Discussion and flexible time
sep 27
LEC 9: Algorithms and AI: trolley problems and other hard choices
Preparation: Berlin, The Pursuit of the Ideal
Preparation: Jarvis Thomson, The Trolley Problem
Comment: group A (due Sun, 9pm)
sep 28 sep 29
LEC 10: Algorithms and AI: trolley problems and other hard choices
Preparation: Himmelreich, Never Mind the Trolley: The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles in Mundane Situations
Response: group B (due Tue, 9pm)
sep 30 oct 1
LEC 11: Discussion and flexible time
DUE: Short paper #1
oct 4
LEC 12: Algorithms and AI: war
Preparation: Sparrow, Killer Robots
Preparation: Sharkey, Killing Made Easy: From Joysticks to Politics
Comment: group B (due Sun, 9pm)
oct 5 oct 6
LEC 13 (Algorithms and AI): war
Preparation: Kimbrell, Cold Evil: Technology And Modern Ethics, sections I-IV
Preparation: Sparrow, Lokhorst and van den Hoven, Responsibility for Military Robots
Response: group A (due Tue, 9pm)
oct 7 oct 8
LEC 14: Discussion and flexible time
oct 11
Indigenous Peoples' Day
oct 12 oct 13
LEC 15: The new digital public sphere: privacy and surveillance
Preparation: Jarvis Thomson, The Right to Privacy
Preparation: Véliz, In the privacy of our streets
Comment: group A (due Tue, 9pm)
oct 14 oct 15
LEC 16: The new digital public sphere: privacy and surveillance
Preparation: Nagel, Concealment and Exposure
Preparation: Tunick, Privacy and Punishment
Response: group B (due Thu, 9pm)
oct 18
LEC 17: Discussion and flexible time
Preparation: Klonik, The New Governors: The People, Rules, and Processes Governing Online Speech
Assigned: Short paper #2
Comment: group B (due Sun, 9pm)
oct 19 oct 20
LEC 18: The new digital public sphere: shaping the stream of information
Preparation: Waldron, The Harm in Hate Speech, chapter 5
Response: group A (due Tue, 9pm)
oct 21 oct 22
LEC 19: The new digital public sphere: shaping the stream of information
oct 25
LEC 20: The new digital public sphere: freedom of expression
Preparation: Mill, On Liberty, chapter II: Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion
Preparation: recommended, not required: Balkin, Digital Speech and Democratic Culture: A Theory of Freedom of Expression for the Information Society
Comment: group A (due Sun, 9pm)
oct 26 oct 27
LEC 21: The new digital public sphere: freedom of expression
Preparation: Lessig, Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0, chapter 12
Response: group B (due Tue, 9pm)
oct 28 oct 29
LEC 22: Writing workshop
nov 1
LEC 23: The new digital public sphere: democracy and participation
Preparation: Nguyen, Echo Chambers and Epistemic Bubbles
Assigned: Final project
Comment: group B (due Sun, 9pm)
nov 2 nov 3
LEC 24: The new digital public sphere: democracy and participation
Preparation: Danaher, The Threat of Algocracy: Reality, Resistance and Accommodation
Response: group A (due Tue, 9pm)
nov 4 nov 5
LEC 25: Discussion and flexible time
nov 8
LEC 26: Automation and the future of work
Preparation: Elster, Is there (or should there be) a right to work?
Preparation: Keynes, Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren
Comment: group A (due Sun, 9pm)
nov 9 nov 10
LEC 27: Automation and the future of work
Preparation: Van Parijs, Why Surfers Should be Fed: The Liberal Case for an Unconditional Basic Income
Response: group B (due Tue, 9pm)
nov 11 nov 12
LEC 28: Discussion and flexible time
DUE: Short paper #2
nov 15
LEC 29: Coding and hacking
Preparation: Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Preparation: Rawls, A Theory of Justice, pp. 363-391
Comment: group B (due Sun, 9pm)
nov 16 nov 17
LEC 30: Coding and hacking
Preparation: Himma, Hacking as Politically Motivated Digital Civil Disobedience: Is Hacktivism Morally Justified?
Preparation: Coleman, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, chapter 4
Response: group A (due Tue, 9pm)
nov 18 nov 19
LEC 31: Discussion and flexible time
nov 22
LEC 32: The (digital) good life: authenticity, simulation, and enhancement
Preparation: Nozick, The Examined Life, chapter 10
Preparation: Nozick, read the excerpt on the Experience Machine from Anarchy, State, Utopia
Comment: group A (due Sun, 9pm)
nov 23 nov 24
Thanksgiving Recess
nov 25
Thanksgiving Recess
nov 26
Thanksgiving Recess
nov 29
LEC 33: The (digital) good life: authenticity, simulation, and enhancement
Preparation: Bloomfield, Social Media, Self-Deception, and Self-Respect
Preparation: Vallor, Flourishing on facebook: virtue friendship & new social media
Response: group B (due Sun, 9pm)
nov 30 dec 1
LEC 34: The (digital) good life: character
Preparation: Vallor, Moral Deskilling and Upskilling in a New Machine Age: Reflections on the Ambiguous Future of Character
Comment: group B (due Tue, 9pm)
dec 2 dec 3
LEC 35: Discussion and flexible time
Response: group A (due Thu, 9pm)
dec 6
LEC 36: project conference and class wrap-up
dec 7 dec 8 dec 9 dec 10
DUE: Final project
dec 13
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dec 14
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dec 15
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dec 16
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dec 17
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dec 20
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dec 21
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dec 22 dec 23 dec 24