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STS 164: Ecosystems of Power: The Ethics and Influence of AI

How does Artificial Intelligence construct and reinforce social orders? How do human biases, values, and cultures shape AI? Starting with a descriptive introduction to different types and kinds of algorithms, we will first establish what AI is and what it does, on a technical level. With this shared framework in mind, we will then investigate how AI shapes, and is shaped by social interactions and imaginaries. Through scholarly works in the digital humanities, philosophy, internet studies, engineering, and popular culture, AI's influence on public perception, privacy, morality, popularity, equity, and justice will be critically examined. This course will feature guest lectures from controls engineers and others involved in using AI to protect science, technology, and society. Performance in this course will be evaluated through a data journalism project that asks students to peek behind the shiny User Interfaces of popular websites and identify how the code exerts power over various actors in the network.
Terms: Win | Units: 4
Instructors: Fox, A. (PI)
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