CSC 322.01, Class 11: Professional ethics, continued
- Notes and news
- Upcoming work
- Extra credit
- Discussion question 1: Papers
- Discussion question 2: Curriculum
- Discussion question 3: CSC 151
News / Etc.
- Please let me know when you notice problems on the Web site. I think I’ve fixed most of them. (Okay, something is massively wrong with the generation of readings in the schedule, but that turns out to be a programming problem I don’t have time to address.)
- Don’t forget to keep up with clients and getting your projects in order! You should be writing user stories.
- More readings for Tuesday. To be distributed.
Good things to do
Note: I do not do extra credit in two-credit classes.
- Convocation immediately after this class
- CS Table Tuesday: Tapia
- CS Extras Thursday: Grad school
Discussion question 1: Papers
What did you see as the core/important themes in these three papers? Why? How do/will they inform your own practice?
- Computer scientists should gain the trust of the public. That’s hard, because we do so much crap as a discipline, but nonetheless. The code o ethics would help us gain that trust of the public, as would following it. Get good stuff publicized, too.
- What we write affects people: It can discriminate, it can shape how people think, it can shape how people act, it can use people’s times.
- “Don’t just live with intention; program with intention.”
- We should think more carefully about whether or not some of these things are okay.
- Luis Van Ahn - Games with a purpose (idea: Write games that take advantage
of the fact that people do many things better than computers.)
- ESP game: Two people see pictures. They try to pick the same set of
five adjectives to describe the picture.
- Helps with image classification (reveals biases clearly)
- Helps with machine vision algorithms
- ESP game: Two people see pictures. They try to pick the same set of five adjectives to describe the picture.
- Value of standards: Law, Medicine, Engineering
- It could be useful to look into the histories of these.
- In the US, each of these professions gets certified. Ours does not.
Discussion question 2: Curriculum
Where would you put ethics in the Grinnell CS curriculum?
- Context: Right now, we have ethics
- Two-Three days in CSC 322
- A paper in CSC 322
- CS Table (not required)
- Some CS Extras (not required)
- In unplanned places in courses (optional)
- Is there value for doing it (more formally) earlier?
- Are there particular cases that are useful as we introduce it?
- Add another P: Principles? (Find a greek word that means ethics and starts with P)
- It needs to be regular practice.