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Publication Date

Spring 2019

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Ethics And Technology


There has been an accelerated shift in the influence of computing technology and the use of algorithms in our daily lives. With this technology comes serious ethical questions. Philosophers are often well-equipped to wrestle with ethical questions, but less well-equipped to wrestle with questions of technology itself. Computer scientists are well-equipped to deal with the problems and challenges of technology, but less well-equipped to deal with the ethical problems and challenges that technology can pose. In this co-taught course, we bring together the two fields to address ethical questions involving social media, data mining, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and other topics.

Funding Agency

Swarthmore College Provost Office

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Professors Ameet Soni and Krista Thomason were awarded a Digital Humanities Curricular Grant from the Provost's Office for use in their spring 2019 course, FYS: Ethics and Technology (PHIL 07/CPSC 15). The course syllabus, assignment instructions, and supplemental materials are made freely available here courtesy of the authors. The code and instructions for the assignment are publicly available on GitHub.