Technologies for Social Design
Monday 6:00 – 9:00 (10/23 – 12/18)
Instructor: Maya Weinstein
From Skynet to Hal 9000 popular culture has cast Artificial Intelligence as the catalyst of the apocalypse, but what if AI could help humanity instead of dooming it? This course explores Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how these technologies might be applied to global issues. We will look at the history of AI from the works of Alan Turing to Elon Musk and examine the current state of the technology, how it fails and where it succeeds. Students will be introduced to IBM Watson’s technology and have access to the APIs, a background in computer science is not necessary. The course will culminate in a project to design and prototype an artificial intelligence application for social good.