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Living in the Technology Age
ID1 - Section 5 - Fall 2004

TR 11-12:10, Millikan 211
Prof. Chen
12/28/2006: I've archived all of the notes and assignments (ie, most of the links below don't work) and am only leaving up the syllabus for reference. If you're looking for the material, you may be able to find a link to a more recent offering of the class here or here.


Please check here regularly for general announcements/thoughts/etc
  • 04-11-11: Because everyone went to Bruce Schneier's talk last night, I'm cancelling class on Tuesday, November 23. The draft of your final paper is still due at 12:01AM that day, however.
  • 04-11-04: The schedule for the meetings on Friday, 11/12 is here.
  • 04-09-30: Note that on Thursday, October 7th the class will meet in Honnold Mudd library. You should go in, walk past the circulation desk, enter the search area, and head to the right.
  • 04-09-28: Posted information on optional 3rd drafts for quote and design essays in the assignments section.
  • 04-09-24: I've posted (in the appropriate place in the syllabus) the list of questions from class last Thursday.
  • 04-09-06: I am cancelling my office hour tomorrow (Tuesday, 4-5) because of a committee meeting.
  • 04-09-02: The first assignment (including first sentences) has been put here.
  • 04-08-18: Copies of OOD (the first edition, not exactly the same as the one we're using), WWSUL, and BF have been put on 2-hour reserve at SGM library.
  • 04-07-29: As we've been working on the course, a slightly more accurate description has evolved. What's listed under "Information" replaces the description that was sent out to incoming students.
  • 04-07-27: Mike Lazzareschi will be the TA for the course.
  • Information

    If you had been born just 10 years earlier, you might have arrived at college having never used email and having never heard of the web. Instead, you grew up in a world where people regularly use instant messenger instead of the phone, and blogs instead of diaries. We can vote on computer screens and we can be confident that if we are attacked in a public place the event was likely recorded by a camera for posterity. But are these changes good? Inevitable? And where are we headed? Topics to be explored in this course will include the interface between humans and technology, the privacy vs. anonymity vs. security debates, and several others to be chosen by the class.

    Some rather boring details:

  • This ID1 section satisfies the PAC 10 (values and rationality) requirement. In addition, as an ID1, this course is writing intensive (~25 pages of writing, plus revisions).
  • The course meets at the same time as all the other ID1 sections . . . Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 12:10. We'll meet in Millikan 211.
  • Administrivia <pdf>
  • Some slightly more interesting details:

  • The following are the books we'll read in the first half of the semester. Readings for the second half of the semester will be chosen by (subsets of) the class. I've placed an order through Huntley bookstore, so you should be able to get copies there.

  • Our Own Devices: How Technology Remakes Humanity, Edward Tenner (OOD in syllabus)
  • The Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman (DOET in syllabus)
  • Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet, Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon (WWSUL in syllabus)
  • Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World, Bruce Schneier (BF in syllabus)
  • In addition, I, as well as many (most? all?) of the other ID1 sections will be referring to the following writing reference. Again, you can get a copy at Huntley bookstore.

  • A Writer's Reference, Fifth Edition, Diana Hacker.
  • Syllabus

    Any topics or assignments that are listed for dates in the future should be taken as (potentially very) tentative. Anything for a date at least 2 days in the past will accurately reflect what actually happened in the class.

    Reading assignments should be completed by 11AM on the day they're listed (i.e. you should bring the readings to, and be prepared to discuss them in, class that day). Writing assignments are due at 12:01AM the day they're listed (i.e. so that I have a chance to look them over in preparation for discussion in class that day).

    Week Date In class Reading for class Writing due
    1 (Thu) 9/2 introduction to course and one another
    technology is . . .
    2 (Tue) 9/7 choosing a strong thesis
    discussion of OOD
    OOD: preface, 1-133 opinion piece
    (Thu) 9/9 discussion of OOD OOD: 134-212
    3 (Tue) 9/14 more on OOD
    peer review
    OOD: 213-268 (end) essay responding to quote
    (Thu) 9/16 design DOET: preface, 1-53 peer review of quote essay
    4 (Tue) 9/21 design
    plan for rest of semester
    DOET: 54-140 2nd draft of essay on quote
    (Thu) 9/23 design
    questions posed in class
    DOET: 141-217 (end)
    5 (Tue) 9/28 the Internet
    aspects of (re)writing
    WWSUL: beginning-42 1st draft of design essay
    (Thu) 9/30 Internet
    writing abstracts
    WWSUL: 43-102 peer review of design essay
    6 (Tue) 10/5 formulating a topic for discussion
    looking for sources
    WWSUL: 103-217 short essays on 3 potential discussion topics
    (Thu) 10/7 library session in Honnold/Mudd WWSUL: 218-end 2nd draft of design essay
    (optional) 3rd draft of essay on quote
    7 (Tue) 10/12 Internet, security BF: 1-86 (written in pairs) essay on discussion topic
    (Thu) 10/14 security BF: 87-132
    8 (Tue) 10/19
    No class - fall recess
    (Thu) 10/21 security
    presenting in class
    BF: 133-end (optional) 3rd draft of design essay
    9 (Tue) 10/26 blogging (discussion questions)
    Jameson and Jonathan
    list of readings (pdf)
    1-page free response
    (Thu) 10/28 instant messenger
    Janelle and Maiko
    list of readings (pdf)
    1-page free response
    10 (Tue) 11/2 peer-to-peer
    Alicia and Sam
    list of readings (html)
    1-page free response
    (Thu) 11/4 e-voting
    Josh and Nate
    list of readings (pdf)
    1-page free response
    11 (Tue) 11/9 security
    Elspeth and Zach
    list of readings (pdf) 1-page free response
    500 word draft of final paper + bibliography
    (Wed) 11/10
    7PM: Bruce Schneier talk at Harvey Mudd (required)
    (Thu) 11/11 combat technology
    Drew and Matt
    list of readings (pdf) 1-page free response
    (Fri) 11/12 meetings to discuss draft of final paper
    12 (Tue) 11/16 hacking
    Alistair and Ramy
    list of readings (pdf) 1-page free response
    1000 word draft of final paper + bibliography
    (Thu) 11/18 nanotechnology
    list of readings (pdf) 1-page free response
    peer reviews of two 1000 word drafts
    13 (Tue) 11/23 Class cancelled 10-12 page draft of final paper
    (Thu) 11/25
    No class - Thanksgiving
    14 (Tue) 11/30 fiction and the potential future
    (Thu) 12/2 world relations
    15 (Tue) 12/7 wrap-up, evaluations final paper due by classtime

    Writing Assignments

  • Opinion piece due 12:01AM on Tuesday, September 7
  • description <pdf>
  • first sentences
  • First draft of essay on Tenner's response to quote due 12:01AM on Tuesday, September 14
  • description <pdf>
  • peer review due 11AM on Thursday, September 16
  • second draft due on Tuesday, September 21
  • (optional) third draft due 12:01AM on Thursday, October 7
  • First draft of essay on design due 12:01AM on Tuesday, September 28
  • description <pdf>
  • peer review due 11AM on Thursday, September 30
  • second draft due 12:01AM on Thursday, October 7
  • (optional) third draft due 12:01AM on Thursday, October 21
  • Short essays on 3 topics due 12:01AM on Tuesday, October 5
  • description <html>
  • Summary of assignments related to the presentation/project
  • description <pdf>
  • Links

  • Technology:
  • Books on-line:
  • Engines of Creation by Drexler. A book on "the coming era of nanotechnology".
  • Kurzweil Archives. Archive of works by Raymond Kurzweil.
  • At the Claremont Colleges:
  • Science, Technology, & Society program of the Claremont Colleges
  • Pomona Computer Science Program
  • Harvey Mudd Computer Science Department
  • Writing:
  • References:
  • A Writer's Reference, the web companion for the recommended writing guide.
  • Elements of Style, William Strunk. This is the original 1918 version. The 4th edition by Strunk and White came out in 2000.
  • Merriam-Webster Online. Access to both their dictionary and thesaurus.
  • Using Web Resources:
  • Evaluating web resources. Checklists; pointer to book.
  • Thinking critically about www resources. Checklist by librarian at UCLA.
  • Advice:
  • Academic writing resources from the UC Berkeley Student Learning Center.
  • Other Resources:
  • FAQs about the libraries at the Claremont Colleges.

  • "Technology: the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it"
    --Max Frisch