GTSU2055 – To Fear or Not To Fear: The Coming of AI and What It Means for Our Communities

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What is the course about?

The AI revolution has often been compared to the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution dramatically reduced the relevancy of land in the economy, shifted the political power from land-owning aristocrats to industrialists, drove hordes of peasants to the cities, and set the stage for subsequent social and political changes around the world. Will AI similarly dramatically reduce the relevancy of humans in the economy, concentrate power in the hands of those who have access to AI, disrupt the fabric of our political institutions, and threaten the sustainability of our communities?

This course is co-offered by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Economics. An instructor from computer science will help students to have an informed evaluation of what AI can and cannot do, while an instructor from economics will help students to parse through the likely political, social, and economic impacts on our communities.