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This undergraduate seminar investigates the important points of contact between artificial intelligence (AI), social robotics and communication, providing students with the following: In the process, students not only investigate recent innovations in AI, robotics and communication but develop proficiency with the literature, history, major theories, and important practices of work in this field. The objective of the course is to cultivate informed, critical citizens and decision makers, who are confident dealing with both current and future technological innovation.

Who Where When

Location: DuSable Hall 218
Time: W 6:00-8:40pm
Instructor: Dr. David J. Gunkel
Department: Communication
Office: Reavis 112
Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:00, W 5:00-6:00 & by appointment
Phone: 773.775.2792

Texts & Resources

The Machine Question Hacking Cyberspace Machines of Loving Grace
David J. Gunkel.
The Machine Question. MIT, 2012. ISBN: 978-0262017435
David J. Gunkel.
Hacking Cyberspace. Westview, 2001. ISBN 978-0813336695
John Markoff.
Machines of Loving Grace. Ecco, 2015. ISBN 978-0062266682

These three texts are required and must be procured by all students enrolled in the course. In addition to these traditional print materials, we will employ a number of on-line texts. These materials are indicated on the course calendar and are required reading.


Students will learn and become proficient with the following: