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Spring 2019
May 19, 2019
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CCTP 799 - Governing Emerging Techs
 Today’s increasingly capable AI-systems raise questions of governance that have a profound ethical dimension. People are worried about the fairness and effectiveness of the new advanced systems that make important decisions in their lives We’ll review proposed ethical principles for AI and examine ways to ensure that AI-systems making consequential decisions are transparent, explainable and fair. Then we’ll see how these abstract issues play out in current applications of advanced analytic systems in credit scoring, criminal justice, the provision of public services, content moderation and facial recognition. Then we’ll move on to issues that lie in the future, relating to autonomous cars and weapons and the future of work. In an emergency, should automated vehicles sacrifice the passengers or the pedestrians? Should AI weapon systems decide whom to target and how much risk of innocent life to accept? Are these AI-systems responsible for bad outcomes? If not, who is? Will robots really take all the jobs? Is that a bad thing? If machines do most of the work in the future, how will people find meaning and purpose in their lives? We face even more challenging issues if AI systems ever approach consciousness and independent agency. We’ll discuss the possibilities of artificial general intelligence and how we might be able to control superintelligent systems. One element in the course is how developments in AI systems require individuals, researchers, and companies to make ethical choices. We also discuss how to apply or change public policy or law regarding AI systems to implement these choices. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Commun, Culture & Technology Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Commun, Culture & Technology

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