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CSCI 392 Final Paper

Due Date: Wed, Apr. 25, 2018
Due Time: 4pm

Last modified on March 26, 2018, at 02:22 PM (see updates)


Explore the ethical, legal, or social impacts of your selected topic.

This is an individual assignment. You must work on your own (but you may talk to the instructor and/or a librarian).


Find one conference or journal article related to your selected topic. You may find articles in:

The article should focus on ethical, legal, or social impacts of your selected topic. The article should have a reference/bibliography section at the end.

No Wikipedia articles, or other Internet-only / magazine articles, blogs, etc. will be accepted.

You will write a summary of this article, with additional points generated by you.


  1. Print the original article, and highlight interesting passages.
  2. Write comments / questions / ideas on the margins.
  3. Look at the references (at end of article), and highlight two references you think would help you learn more on this topic.
  4. Write a summary of the article.
    • Emphasize
      • ethical, legal, or social impacts addressed in it,
      • why you think this article is interesting/important,
      • what have you learned from reading it,
      • any additional points may you have.
    • Your summary should be well-formatted, organized with titles and subtitles.
    • It should make a persuasive argument about the importance of this topic and its ethical implications.
    • One should learn everything they need (in summary form) from your work.
    • Your summary should be at most two pages long (TimesRoman 11pt font, single-spaced, normal margins).
  5. Create a bibliography with six items (this is in addition to the two pages). Follow these instructions carefully:
    • The first item should be the original article.
    • The next two references should be the ones you highlighted at the end of the original article.
    • Add three more references related to this topic, which you think may help you learn more about this topic.
      • These articles should not be listed in the references of the original article.

Here is an example of such a bibliography (use this format):

  1. Corey Manders and Steve Mann (2006), "Handheld Electronic Camera Flash Lamp as a Tangible User-Interface for Creating Expressive Visual Art Works", Proceedings of the 14th annual ACM international conference on Multimedia, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, pages 509-518.
  2. Steve Mann (2001), Intelligent Image Processing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  3. Ernest Edmonds, et al. (2004), "Audio-Visual Interfaces in Digital Art", Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGCHI International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Singapore, pages: 331-336.
  4. Joseph Nalven, et al. (2005), Going Digital: The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists, Course Technology.
  5. Subrata Dasgupta (1994), Creativity in Invention and Design : Computational and Cognitive Explorations of Technological Originality, Cambridge University Press.
  6. Peter Maning (2004), Electronic and Computer Music, Oxford University Press.


Submit the following:

  1. Upload on OAKS:
    • Your summary in PDF format.
    • A scan of the original article, also in PDF format, annotated with highlights and comments on the margins, as described above.
  2. In class (on the due date):
    • Submit both your summary and the original annotated article (as a hard copy).
    • No late submissions possible.


Your grade will be based on the depth/quality of your work (e.g., explanation, questions, etc.).

Relevant Quote

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely." ~ E.O. Wilson