This course introduces students to a multidisciplinary approach for understanding algorithms and how they impact day-to-day life. Specific algorithms analyzed include the Google PageRank algorithm, the Google autocomplete algorithm, and Facebook’s advertising algorithms. We’ll read scholarly and news publications that analyze algorithms through cultural/media studies, Black feminism, information and library science, and psychology. Given my background as a librarian, the content will be considered through various types of literacies including metaliteracy, digital literacy, and algorithmic awareness.
No computer science background is necessary to take this course; in fact, we’ll start off with learning the fundamentals of what artificial intelligence is, a history of the Internet, and the difference between hardware and software. Understanding the basic functions of computer science, and possessing the ability to explain foundational concepts of technology to a variety of audiences, is a key goal of this course. We’ll use this new knowledge to identify technochauvinism (the belief that technology is always the solution) in current events.
Access to a personal laptop is required.
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