themes and readings

10/02/19: Machine bias and the politics of artifacts [view notes]

  • Angwin, Julia, Larson, Jeff, Mattu, Surya and Lauren Kirchner. 2016. “Machine BiasPropublica.

10/09/19: Democratic technics [view notes]

10/16/19: Social constructions of technology [view notes]

10/30/19: Automation and inequality [view notes]

11/06/19: Ethics of Automated Decision Making; Heteromation [view notes]

11/13/19: Social Robots [view notes]

  • Scheutz, Matthias (2009) The Inherent Dangers of Unidirectional Emotional Bonds between Humans and Social Robots. Robot ethics: The ethical and social implications of robotics (pdf file)
  • Turkle, Sherry (2006) A nascent robotics culture: New complicities for companionship. Online article (pdf file)

11/20/19: Autonomous Cars [view notes]

12/09/20: Technology and Morality

  • J. Millar, “Technology as Moral Proxy: Autonomy and Paternalism by Design,” in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 47-55, June 2015.
  • Verbeek, Peter-Paul (2011) Introduction. In Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press.

-WINTER 2020-

01/04/20: Technology and Trust

01/16/20: Deepfakes and Deception

  • Paris, Britt, and Donovan, Joan. “Deepfakes and Cheap Fakes” Data & Society, September 18, 2019.
  • Kember, Sarah. 1966. “’The Shadow of the Object:’ Photography and Realism” in Virtual Anxiety: Photography, New Technologies, and Subjectivity, Manchester University Press.

01/30/20: Algorithms, Fairness, Accountability

  • Ben Hutchinson and Margaret Mitchell. 2019. 50 Years of Test (Un)fairness: Lessons for Machine Learning. In Proceedings of the Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT* ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 49–58.

02/06/20: Robot Rights?

02/13/20: Technical Mediation and (Inter)action

  • Latour, Bruno. 1994. “Technical Mediation: Philosophy, Sociology, Genealogy.” Common Knowledge 3 (2): 31–41.
  • Suchman, Lucy. 1985. “Interactive Artifacts”. In Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-Machine Communication. Xerox Parc.

02/20/20: Virtual [and] Reality

02/27/20: Ontologies

  • Harman, Graham. Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything. Pelican Book 18. London: Pelican Books, 2018.
  • Hui, Yuk. “Digital Objects and Ontologies.” In On the Existence of Digital Objects. University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

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