DMS 220 Machines, Codes and Cultures

Bohlen :: T/TH 11am – 12:50pm  :: CFA112

This course will follow the history of machines and coding systems from the monastery bell to the latest humanoid robot; from the origins of numeric notation to protocols of cloud computing. This is not a history course, but an overview of concepts related to information technologies that substantially impact daily life. Consequently, the course will focus on cultural aspects of technologies and the myriad ways in which they are woven into the fabric of human activities, both in personal and public domains. Topics will include numbering systems, information and encoding, autonomous robots, interaction design, household smart appliances, the Internet of Things, software systems, social media and cloud computing. Students will introduced to these concepts through texts and guided through them in weekly discussions. Materials will be gathered from diverse authors and a variety of sources. Grades will be based on a mid-semester position paper, a multiple choice final exam as well as participation in class discussions. We will watch videos!

Fulfills Basic Interpretation Requirement.