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Fall 2018-2019
* 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; not technical knowledge is assumed.

Sample reading list:
A.M. Turing, Computing Machinery and Intelligence
Peter Stone, et al., Artificia Intelligenceand Life in 2030
Paul Scharre, Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
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 6
Open to WWS Concentrators Only 7

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
24052 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Robertson Hall   011   Enrolled:29 Limit:25 Closed