Our Robot Overlords: Cyborgs and A.I. in Media

Our Robot Overlords: Cyborgs and A.I. in Media

We will discuss and explore the topic of artificial intelligence as portrayed in media and discussed in the public sphere. More and more, computer-based decision making and algorithms are becoming part of our lives. While there are realistic doubts, we have many cautionary tales in movies and books about the dangers of AI run amok and destroying humanity. Should we welcome our AI overlords or keep them under human control? Why are some people anxious or fearful about artificial intelligence, and why are some excited about bringing Alexa into our homes?

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Class Duration: September 28-November 20

Class Size: 3-8 learners

Age Range: High School (Mature Middle Schoolers with Approval)

Full Enrollment: $180
Full Enrollment with Feedback Add-On: $210

We will discuss and explore the topic of artificial intelligence as portrayed in media and discussed in the public sphere. More and more, computer-based decision making and algorithms are becoming part of our lives. While there are realistic doubts, we have many cautionary tales in movies and books about the dangers of AI run amok and destroying humanity. Should we welcome our AI overlords or keep them under human control? Why are some people anxious or fearful about artificial intelligence, and why are some excited about bringing Alexa into our homes?

We will meet live as a group on the following Thursdays from 2-3pm Eastern: October 15 and November 12

To interact in class: Computer with internet access, microphone strongly recommended, camera optional. 

For project: Access to relevant source (book/movie selected by learner from list). Relevant tools to create project and present (such as slide presentation program access if a slide presentation will be used).

1 hour for live session, 1-2 hours per week for out of class work

Read/listen/watch and recall relevant information.  

Communicate facts and information to peers and instructor. 

Focus attention on relevant material.

ISTE standards: 1a, 1c, 2a, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4d, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d
Bloom’s Taxonomy: Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, Create

Families and learners will be invited to share with the instructor about any special needs or accommodations that are necessary or helpful for the class.  Families and learners will be able to contact the instructor with any concerns. Instructor will work with learners to choose a project format that works with learners abilities and needs.  Because this is a short class, instructor will not do individual check-ins for this class. 

Content may include discussions of artificial intelligence attacking or committing other violence against humans (ex. 2001: A Space Odyssey), humans and A.I.s in familial or romantic relationships, slavery and servitude, possible recognition of emotional coercion and harm, candid but mature conversations about bodies, disability, death, mortality, illness and similar topics.

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