Answer BOTH of the following essay questions. In 1500 to
2000 words in MLA style (also include in-text citation) and
have at least five good references (not Wikipedia) for each
1. With the election campaign nearing its climax in the USA, we
should examine the impact that computing has on politics and
elections. Computers are ubiquitous in the election process
from the voter registration lists to electronic voting machines
in many states to party donator and supporter lists to
spreading the party’s message. Social media has become a
battlefield for warring parties. Discuss the role that computing
has played in this year’s election. What are the benefits gained
from using computers in the election process and what are the
risks? What are the ways that other countries or organizations
could interfere with the outcome of the election through the
use of computing? What could be done to ensure that
computing does not compromise the fair election process?
What role do you see computing playing in future elections?
2. Alan Turing wrote his seminal paper on “Computing
Machinery and Intelligence” in 1950
This spawned many years of research on what became known
as Artificial Intelligence (AI). Discuss the advances made in AI
since Turing wrote the paper. What were the key discoveries
made and why were they so important? Then discuss how we
interact with AI today and the impact that AI has on our lives.
Finally, consider the future – what role do you think AI will
play in our lives in 20 years? 50 years?