Artificial intelligence (AI) is a widely applied technology from conversational interfaces (Siri, Alexa, chatbots) to self-driving cars, from medical apps to assisting in policing and social care. By mapping a broad range of applications, issues arising, and key debates, this module will equip students with a deep and systematic understanding of AI and an overview over current developments of AI. By studying applied AI in context, students will also acquire the ability to critically and ethically evaluate applications in their own substantial investigations.
The module contextualizes artificial intelligence from the following three perspectives: students will evaluate applications of AI in different fields and learn about the technical concepts driving these applications; students will systematically learn about the challenges AI poses for society; and last but not least, the module will also reflect on potential responses to curb AI including policy answers and regulations.
Coursework - Report (4,000 words) evaluating the usage of AI in a certain area (100%)
Educational aims & objectives
1. To provide students with a deep and systematic understanding of the concept artificial intelligence.
2. To introduce students to key developments and major debates in contemporary AI.
3. To deliver a comprehensive overview of applications of AI in everyday life.
4. To teach students to evaluate complex societal and ethical issues raised by artificial intelligence.
5. To teach students to independently undertake a substantial investigation into the potential and the challenges of AI applications including the development of alternative approaches.
At the end of the module, students will be expected to:
- have a deep and systematic understanding of the concept artificial intelligence including an overview of key developments and major debates;
- be able to critically analyse the major societal issues raised by artificial intelligence; and how it affects society;
- be able to independently undertake a substantial investigation into the potential of artificial intelligence;
- construct their own evaluation and create a critical argument regarding an artificial intelligence application.
Lectures and ten one-hour seminars