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Spring 2016-2017
* WWS 352 / COS 352 (SA)   No Audit

Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy

Edward W. Felten

This course surveys Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its policy implications. Technology topics include a history of the field; evolving conceptions of machine intelligence; and the current state of the technology. Policy topics include the economic effects of AI; regulatory policy; automated vehicles; autonomous aircraft; ensuring fairness, governance, and control; the role of AI in public decision making; national security implications, including autonomous weapons; cybersecurity; and the long-term future of AI. This course is suitable for students of all backgrounds; no technical knowledge is assumed.

Sample reading list:
A.M. Turing, Computing Machinery and Intelligence
Peter Stone, et al., Artificia Intelligenceand Life in 2030
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Automated Vehicles Policy
The White House, Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence
Carl B. Frey & Michael A. Osborne, How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation?
Solon Barocas & Andrew Selbst, Big Data's Disparate Impact

Reading/Writing assignments:
Short weekly assignments and a final paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Reserved Seats:
Open to COS Concentrators Only 9
Open to WWS Concentrators Only 9

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43930 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Robertson Hall   015   Enrolled:28 Limit:25 Closed