Group Project Instructions

Group Short Research Project

The purpose of the group short research project is get some practice in thinking collaboratively with the methods and key concepts of the course on real-world questions, cases, or examples involving the technologies we are studying. Why? In your careers and professional life after CCT, everyone will be working collaboratively with colleagues and teams of people in which the technologies that we are studying will be important and about which decisions will need to be made. You can be in a position to help “de-blackbox” (de-mystify, open up for understanding) by explaining how the technologies in question are designed artefacts (not closed, “techies-only” products), and critiquing false or misconceived views. Any steps you take in learning how to do this will enable you to take on leadership role, and not simply continue being a consumer or user who defers to the “techie” people to make decisions.

Framework and Context for Your Report

For your group project report, imagine taking on the role of participating in a committee in an organization needing to implement a major AI/ML, data analytics, or Cloud application in your organization’s sector or domain. Explain the significance of a problem, question, or aspect of the technologies in a way that a non-technical person can understand and appreciate for making better-informed decisions. One way could be explaining a de-backboxing method that allows the design principles to be accessible, what the consequences of certain kinds or designs are, and/or expose some ways that your topic has been misunderstood or misrepresented in the news, and unethically promoted as a closed corporate-branded “product” or “solution” rather than truthfully explained and described.

Post Your Report

Plan on a 15-minute report. Post your report in outline format as “talking points” or bullet points that you will discuss in class. Use any graphics or supporting content for your presentation: diagrams, images, videos (short).

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About Martin Irvine

Martin Irvine is a professor at Georgetown University and the Founding Director of Georgetown's graduate program in Communication, Culture & Technology. He is interested in a wide range of interdisciplinary topics, including media theory, semiotics, cognitive science approaches to language and symbolic culture, computation and the Internet/Web, philosophy and intellectual history, art theory, contemporary music, vintage guitars, and all things post-postmodern.