University of Massachusetts Amherst
College of Information and Computer Sciences




Artificial Intelligence and Society

      Fall 2015


Shlomo Zilberstein


Homework Assignment

[posted 11/10]: Write a short (2-3 pages) essay on one of the following questions:

  1. When you consider the impact of AI/robotics on society, do you think this time is fundamentally different from previous technological revolutions? In what ways? What is the strongest evidence to support your argument?
  2. Do you think AI/robotics pose an existential threat to society? Why? How does that threat compare to other concerns such as global warming?
  3. Do you think strong AI is possible? On balance, would it be a positive or negative development?
A draft version of your essay should be ready for the seminar meeting on December 3. A final version needs to be turned in at the end of the last seminar meeting on December 10 or emailed to me as a PDF attachment on or before December 12.

© 2015 Shlomo Zilberstein.