In our spring ’18 course, CS 232 Artificial Intelligence, we are directing our critical gaze at the depiction of artificial intelligence (AI) in fiction, with a series of interconnected goals and from different disciplinary perspectives. We start by looking at how AI in fiction inspired and influenced our current technologies, explaining how these technologies work and exploring their possible impact on the future world. We contemplate what it means to have thinking machines with the possibility of consciousness. Using the technology and stories presented in the TV show Black Mirror, we consider the ethics of using (and abusing) AI as well as its reflection on our society. We also present a video piece on how we gender, racialize, and sexualize AI in real life and media. In an age where technology has such a huge impact on our lives, we must ask ourselves, who is in control?
Panel Discussion with Michelle Lu, Olivia Strobl, Grace Owen, Ruanqianqian (Lisa) Huang, and Dagmawit Libanos Assefa