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CS 498 CD - Special Topics - Cyber Dystopia

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in computer science intended to augment the existing curriculum. See Class Schedule or departmental course information for topics and prerequisites. Course Information: 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or separate terms if topics vary.

Special Instructions:

All class meetings will be online and synchronous. Section Info: Analyzing the Adverse Impacts of Advances in Computer Technology. The information revolution is bringing changes that are not always seen as positive to the people they affect. Nevertheless there is a strong feeling that the changes it brings are inevitable and that our efforts should be devoted to advancing, enjoying, and profiting from cyber technologies rather than restraining them. But do our efforts in this direction risk the emergence of a cyber dystopia in which many, perhaps most, people are significantly harmed by technology advances- This course focuses on insights into the downsides of this technological progress. We will characterize key aspects of the problem, assess their severity, predict their future, speculate on how much of what we are facing is inevitable, and think about what steps might avoid the most undesirable outcomes. This will be guided by reading and class discussion of recent works on the topi

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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