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The Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Human Impacts offers an undergraduate certificate program that examines and engages with human experiences of AI and big data technologies. The program draws from interdisciplinary perspectives across the College of Arts and Humanities in order to provide students with critical and creative approaches to the ethics, uses, histories, and broad implications of big data-driven technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

This certificate offers students the opportunity to develop critical and creative approaches to their understanding and implementation of artificial intelligence.

The critical and creative perspectives emphasized in this certificate are intended to complement the technical and applied expertise that faculty in areas such as “Machine Learning and AI” within computer science, which focuses on “complex systems, data mining, diagnostics, evolutionary computation, intelligent simulation, knowledge representation, learning from observation of human performance, multi-agent systems, natural language processing, neural networks, neuro-evolution, robotics, and social informatics”. As such, the focus on this certificate is not on the development of AI and big data technologies but on the development of knowledge about and research into the human experiences of their impacts and uses.

This certificate offers students the opportunity to develop critical and creative approaches to their understanding and implementation of artificial intelligence. Both Drs. Jonathan Beever and Laurie Pinkert have been hosting forums for discussion of AI and its implications through their respective work in the Center for Ethics and Center for Writing Excellence’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program and their presentations in venues such as the AI in Teaching conference hosted by UCF and the UCF Office of Public Policy November Forum open to the public. These opportunities have evidenced

  • This certificate will appeal to College of Arts and Humanities students who seek to further explore the impacts and experiences of artificial intelligence through an interdisciplinary arts and humanities perspective.
  • This certificate will appeal to students working within technical areas who are eager to explore the broader implications of their work.
  • It would also appeal to students across colleges who may not desire an intensive technical degree in the development of AI technologies or Big Data infrastructures but are eager to learn more about the ethics and histories of such technologies and to explore the potential impacts that these technologies will have on human experiences such as writing, literary expression, visual and performing art, and language learning.

Thus, the certificate provides an opportunity to better prepare students to work with and advocate for ethical development and implementation of tools and technologies associated with artificial intelligence and big data.

Courses

These are just a few of the courses offered at UCF pertaining to Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Human Impacts Certificate.

  • PHI3681 AI and Big Data Ethics
  • ENC3481 Literacies of Artificial Intelligence
  • PHI4689 Neuroethics
  • ENG3861 Digital Humanaties Approaches to AI
  • DIG3171 Tools for Digital Humanaties
  • ENG3623 Social Media for English Majors
  • JPN1421 Japanese language through Anime, Gaming and Technology
  • PHI2647 Logic and Ethics
  • ENG3817 Digital Archives
  • ENC3417 Literacy and Technology