On-line Assignment #1

Please, complete the following assignment and submit your work as a thread to the discussion. Your written submission is due by midnight on Wednesday, January 31st. Your next step is to comment on 2 of your classmates’ posts before midnight on Sunday, February 4th.

This assignment comprises 5% of your final grade.

Please, watch one of the following videos and read one of the following articles. If you find the topic interesting, please read or watch more than one of the suggestions.

Answer ONE of the following prompts based on your reading, viewing, class discussion, and personal experiences. Your response should be approximately 500 words.

  1. Reflect on the concepts that you found most interesting this week, and suggest how these concepts will influence your future.
  2. Theorists tend to view technological advances, like AI, machine learning, and robotics as a great benefit to future society or as a looming threat to the future of humanity. Based on your learning, share your opinion about the benefits or threats of these technological advances. Use specific examples to support your response.
  3. Discuss some of the main ideas that you took away from the reading and video. How will your career choices be influenced by advances in AI.

Selection of readings:

The Future of Human Work is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy (Harvard Business Review, January 2018)

https://hbr.org/2018/01/the-future-of-human-work-is-imagination-creativity-and-strategy

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy (Harvard Business Review, June 2017)

https://hbr.org/2017/06/how-to-prepare-the-next-generation-for-jobs-in-the-ai-economy

Selection of videos:

Machine Intelligence makes Human Morals more Important (TedTalk with Zeynep Tufekci)

The Future we are Building – and Boring (TEDTalk with Elon Musk)

How We will Earn Money in a Future without Jobs (TEDTalk with Martin Ford)

Can a Robot Pass a University Entrance Exam? (TEDTalk with Noriko Arai)

Can we Build AI without Losing Control over it? (TEDTalk with Sam Harris)

 

 

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