Computing Ethics for Engineers
This course offers an in-depth examination of the ethical concepts and contexts which are relevant to computer engineering. Drawing from contemporary research in ethical philosophy, and from concrete engineering case studies, the course offers a challenging but accessible guide for practicing computer engineers to get to grips with the ethical dimensions of their work.
The course takes as its focus the notion of moral responsibility, and explores the difficulties of assigning and taking moral responsibility when working in computer engineering. The course then examines in detail various ethically complex contexts, clarifying and exploring the ethical concepts required to fully understand what is at stake in each situation. This includes: the development and employment of AI and automation, the nature of free speech and censorship on social media platforms, representation of violence and gender in video games, and the problems involved with protecting privacy in the face of increased surveillance and data collection.
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|Partner Details||The University of Leeds is in in the top 10 universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and was named University of the Year 2017 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. The University’s Faculty of Engineering is top 100 in the world for engineering and technology and coordinates their teaching with specialist staff from their National Centre for Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA), which aims to help students, professionals and employees to identify, analyse and respond to the ethical issues they encounter in their disciplines and their working lives.|
• Fully understand the ethical issues at stake when working in computer engineering
• Get a clear grasp on central ethical concepts, such as privacy, free speech, and moral responsibility, and appreciate their importance to computer engineering
• Understand the social impacts that future technological advances might result in, and discuss how to assign responsibility for the consequences.
• Clarify what is at stake in particular ethically complex situations relevant to computer engineering.