College of Arts and Science
This course will enable students to evaluate contrasting interpretations by leading thinkers about the development of information technologies, the internet, and robotics and artificial intelligence. Current debates will be covered; topics might include: views that social media are constraining the development of human relationships (Turkel); that commercialization of the internet reduces its function to attention getting (Wu); that automation degrades the humanity of work (Carr) and restricts the pay for producing creative content (Lanier). On the other hand, the course will consider arguments that human mind can be reverse reengineered to advance a new era of artificially intelligent machines (Kurzweil). Current theories of information technology and society will be grounded in the multidisciplinary thinking about mind, intelligence, art, and work.