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55048-01 - Vorlesung: The Artificial Intelligence Economy: Business, Governance, and Society in the Age of Algorithms 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Stephen Weymouth (stephen.weymouth@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt We are entering an age of transformational technologies driven by artificial intelligence (AI). Advances in computer science and robotics create machines that can drive, diagnose, build, and “think”. AI promises new conveniences, more efficient production, and material and cultural bounty. Technology will also fundamentally change manufacturing processes and services delivery, potentially eliminating jobs and increasing inequality. These effects are likely to accelerate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless properly managed, the AI economy may create deep economic and political conflict between its beneficiaries and those left behind. Left unchecked, these divisions threaten crises to governance, global capitalism, and geopolitics.

This course surveys the AI economy and its potential implications for firms, governments, and society. We assess the emerging business tools and strategies relying on machine learning and other algorithms. We review recent developments in the economics of AI, with particular focus on which jobs AI will likely replace and the reasons why. We explore differences in AI deployment across countries and regions, and their implications for international economic relations between the US, China, and the EU. The course concludes with an exploration of the political and governance challenges that may arise from AI-induced unemployment and widening inequality, privacy concerns, and algorithmic biases. We evaluate policy proposals to forestall these threats to democratic governance.

The class meets for eight virtual sessions (via Zoom), which combine lecture, discussion, and student presentations. The class will be highly interactive and each student is expected to participate in each meeting. Successful contributions to the course require that you complete the readings prior to the session for which they are assigned.
Literatur Baldwin, Richard. The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Lee, Kai-Fu. AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. Houghton Mifflin, 2018.
Please estimate a cost of $50 for the purchase of literature.
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Teilnahmebedingungen Recommended Prerequisites:
Introduction to Economics (Einführung in die Volkswirtschaftslehre, 10130)
Globalization and European Integration (Globalisierung und europäische Integration, 34504)
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung All applications have to be processed through the Summer School office. Please fill in the application form, which can be found on the weblink: https://wwz.unibas.ch/de/summer-school/howtoapply/
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 02.08.2021 – 12.08.2021
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben

2 until 12 August 2021

Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 02.08.2021 14.00-16.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 03.08.2021 14.00-16.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 04.08.2021 14.00-16.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 05.08.2021 14.00-16.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 09.08.2021 14.00-16.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 10.08.2021 14.00-16.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 11.08.2021 14.00-16.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 12.08.2021 14.00-16.30 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Technology Field (Masterstudium: Business and Technology)
Modul: Wahlbereich in Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Bachelor Studienfach Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Wahlbereich Bachelor Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Empfehlungen (Bachelorstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2021))
Wahlbereich Bachelor Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Empfehlungen (Bachelor Studienfach Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2021))
Wahlbereich innerfakultär: Zusätzliches Lehrangebot (Bachelorstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Leistungsüberprüfung Leistungsnachweis
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung The grades are computed as follows:
Contribution to the class (individual): 30%
Presentations (group):40%
Short paper (group):30%

An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An- und Abmelden: Fakultät
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ