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|Meet Day||T/Th||11:40 AM - 1:00 PM||L332|
If knowledge is always incomplete and information imperfect, how do policymakers plan for future events and the consequences of change in Internet time? This course will focus on the year 2020 and beyond. Anticipating Web 4.0 or 5.0 and a new Internet, mobile phone/PCs with voice-enabled search and display, real-time language translation, and always-on universal, ubiquitous, ultra-speed connectivity to any kind of content from anywhere produced by anyone, what key policy questions will determine whether this future information society will be good, bad, or ugly? Students, in collaboration with one another (Collective Genius), will consider different assumptions and values leading to different futures. Sci-fi novels and movies as well as traditional texts, the blogosphere, trend reports, and the predictions of "experts," think tanks, and the work of creative speculators will be used to think about how society may attain desired outcomes and avoid dystopia.