Technology has proven an enduring part of our lives, giving us newer and better things and experiences every day. While the incredible technological innovations of the last decades have brought untold benefits and offer great promise, they also raise serious ethical questions that we must deal with now. Ultimately, how we approach the ethical considerations of emerging technologies will have wide implications – not only for privacy and security, but for our definition very definition of humanity.
This course will explore interesting topics including privacy threats, security, information collection, robotics, using algorithms to predict consumer behavior and criminality, state-sponsored hacktivism, AI, nanotechnology, enhanced humans. Cryogenics, swarm warfare, drones, and astronaut bioethics.
Students will learn how to spot and address red flags that foster unethical behavior in both publicly-traded and privately-held businesses. Governance and stakeholder management techniques that incentivize ethical behavior will be highlighted using examples of companies that are financially successful by “doing the right thing.” Principle-based ethics are emphasized, namely, integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect, viability, and compliance with the rule of law.
Enrollment is now open for Fall 2017 on UCDAccess.
Feel free to contact Course Instructor Linda Fried at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.