The goal of this presentation is to discuss ethical and social issues
related to a particular technology. You may, if you'd like take one
side on the issue, but you have to present arguments from all points
Before you start putting together your presentation, you should do
a thorough research of the subject.
In your presentation you have to:
The format of the presentation is your own choice. You may use visual
tools, have a performance, etc. The points from the list above may be
presented in any way.
- Describe the technology so that the listeners know what you are
talking about. If it's a new technology, you may give a bit of
history, explain how it differs from the previous ones, etc.
If this technology is already in use, you may give some numbers that
show how widely it is used.
- State the issue(s) in question. Explain which groups are going to
be affected and how. Some technologies raise several ethical and social
issues, you can't possibly discuss all of them in your
presentation. Focus on the ones that you find the most important.
- Discuss the issues from the point of view of different affected
groups of people.
- If you agree with one side of the debate, explain which one and
why. If you are not sure which side is right, explain why. Different
members of the group may have different points of view on the
issue(s), it's OK to disagree.
You will have 35-40 minutes for the presentation. Leave 5-10 minutes
for questions in the end.
Timeline of preparing the presentation is as follows:
When listening to other students' presentation, you will have to fill
in a peer evaluation form (what worked and what didn't in the
presentation, advice for improvements, etc.)
- The day of the presentation is randomly selected
- The outline and list of sources must be submitted 3 class meetings
before the presentation (i.e. if you are presenting on March 25th, the
outline is due on March 16th).
- I will send you my feedback on the outline within the next day
after I recieve it. If any changes are needed, I'll let you know.
- After the presentation please submit whatever materials you have
(a PowerPoint presentation, a script, a list of talking points,
- You also have to submit your evaluation of how each member of the
group (including yourself) contributed to the group work. This will
help me grade individual work. These evaluations will be kept
- Within a week after the presentation you need to meet with me as a
group to discuss the results of peer evaluations (see below).
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