2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar/workshop per week
1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week
A ‘Terminator’ style Armageddon is a Hollywoodized over-simplification of the future of AI as it is deployed in society. However, AI researchers, industry and governments have a growing concern about the increasing deployment of AI in society without also ensuring these systems are aligned to human requirements. Aligning AI to human needs focuses on the ethical, safe, explainable and interactive requirements of socially deployed AI. This unit will explore these topics from both a philosophical and implementation point of view. In this unit students will study, research, discuss, implement and analyse a range of topics and methods such as: artificial general intelligence, super intelligence; consciousness; ethical conundrums; ethical decision making; safe exploration; constrained AI; legal frameworks; industry standards; competency awareness; black, grey and white box systems; interpretability/transparency; explainability; interactivity; and, AI teaching and learning pedagogies. All areas discussed in this unit are highly active and emerging research areas and students will be expected to explore beyond the unit content
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this UnitAt the completion of this Unitsuccessful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a deep understanding of the issues concerning safe, ethical, explainable and interactive AI
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO8: Global citizenship
Research, discuss and debate issues and considerations in the human alignment and deployment of AI systems
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO3: Digital literacyGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO8: Global citizenship
Implement and analyse the performance of ethicalsafe, explainable and interactive AI approaches
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem solving
Review and recommend improvements to the legal and regulatory frameworks surrounding the deployment of AI
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem solvingGLO8: Global citizenship
Recommend human aligned solutions to real-world deployment situations.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO2: CommunicationGLO5: Problem solvingGLO8: Global citizenship
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must meet certain milestones as part of the portfolio.
There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.
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