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180030 VO Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (2020S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

2nd exam: 6.10.2020, 16:45 - 18:15 (Digital over Moodle)
See online exam information below.

Tuesday 10.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 17.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 24.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 31.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 21.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 28.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 05.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 12.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 19.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 26.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 09.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 23.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 30.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims to introduce students to central issues in the ethics of artificial intelligence. The students will be asked to engage with ethical issues and discussions of policy challenges offered in the lectures. At the end of the course they should have excellent knowledge of the main ethical issues and be able to apply this knowledge to better understand and contribute to discussions about the technology.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment: written exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

At the end of the course students should have excellent knowledge of the ethical issues raised by artificial intelligence.

Examination topics

Online exam
➢ Exam content
Content delivered in the lectures, lecture slides
Coeckelbergh, Mark. AI Ethics. MIT Press. 2020.
Additional literature on Moodle (not obligatory!)
➢ Requirements
At the end of the course students should have excellent knowledge of the main themes and approaches and be able to apply these to specific issues and AI technologies/media, taking into account actual and recent discussions about AI.
➢ Assessment
Written, open book exam: mini essay
Students are allowed to use all the material provided via Moodle (according to good scientific practice, see below) in order to complete the task. Thus, the focus is not on the reproduction of knowledge but on the critical discussion of the approaches and texts that have been discussed in the lecture and on the application of these to specific issues and technologies/media.
➢ Assessment scale
The candidate makes a very original contribution to thinking about the particular theme and technology/media they have chosen by applying the course material and even moves beyond the material provided. They eloquently articulate their own thesis and ideas about this philosophical issue. Their arguments are clear and convincing and the essay is coherent and well-structured. 1
The candidate knows how to apply the theory about AI ethics in a very good way. They successfully use the material offered in the course to analyse and discuss the philosophical problem and technology/media. In general, the essay is coherent and convincing. Minor shortcomings mainly consist in a lack of originality and coherence. 2
The candidate can apply the theory about AI ethics in a satisfactory manner. They use the material offered in the course to analyse and discuss the philosophical problem and technology/media but various aspects could be improved in terms of originality, clarity and coherence. 3
The candidate shows some kind of knowledge related to the course and their application of the theory to the issue and the technology they have chosen is appropriate. In general, however, good and convincing arguments are missing. The student rather reproduces their knowledge from the course than presenting their own thesis and arguments with regard to the essay task. 4
The student does not show sufficient knowledge about the course content and fails to apply the theory about AI ethics to a particular technology/medium and philosophical issue. The essay lacks convincing arguments, clarity, coherence and a clear relation to the course. 5

Exam procedure:
You must be correctly REGISTERED for this exam VIA U:SPACE!
➢ Task
Online EXAM
The exam sheet, including the essay task, will be uploaded to Moodle shortly before the exam begins at the top of the section “Exam”. You can then download the exam sheet (as Word Doc) and will be asked to fill in your student details and to complete the essay task. → for further details see info sheet on Moodle!
➢ Time
90 min
➢ Handing in the exam
As soon as you have finished your essay, please make sure you have filled in the student details on the cover sheet and convert the document into a PDF. Upload this PDF to Moodle under the same icon where the task appeared: “Online EXAM”. We cannot accept exam sheets that have been uploaded later than within the specified time period.

Lectures, book, and further reading materials.

Reading list

Coeckelbergh, M. 2020. AI Ethics. MIT Press.

Association in the course directory

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