Instructor: Daley-Okolicsa


  • It's second semester and February

    As we begin the second semester, here are a couple of wonderful quotes from two  cultural giants: "Learning never exhausts the mind."                     Leonardo Da Vinci " Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." Charles Dickens, Hard Times contact information: aokolicsanyi@westerly.k12.ri.us After school hours: Mondays, Tuesdays,…

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  • Resourcefulness- 8 Points of the Compass

    Posted by Aleta Daley-Okolicsanyi on 3/31/2017 8:28:23 AM
    This is your third meeting with the hypothetical former Soviet Union visitor.
    He has asked you about "Resourcefulness". What is it?  Why is
    resourcefulness important?  How can one apply resourcefulness
    in daily life and the future? Be sure to give examples from
    literature and life?
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  • Creativity- 8 Points of Compass

    Posted by Aleta Daley-Okolicsanyi on 3/30/2017 8:20:03 AM
    Looking at the Compass, how would you
    explain or show this same visitor what creativity is?  

    How do we use creativity in our everyday lives?
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  • What is Empathy exactly?

    Posted by Aleta Daley-Okolicsanyi on 3/21/2017 12:34:56 PM
    Imagine that you meet a person who has never heard of empathy.  Sound
    impossible?  Well, in the former Soviet Union, there wasn't any place
    for what was considered sentimentality, responses like empathy.
    This person speaks English and asks you what empathy is.  You
    must explain by showing examples: (1) from literature (2) one from

    actual experience. 

    In explaining, you cannot just repeat or restate the definition or use
    similar terms like kindness and compassion.  This person does not
    have the context to understand those words either.  It's up to you to
    illustrate the power and the meaning.

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  • The Ethics of AI part 1

    Posted by Aleta Daley-Okolicsanyi on 2/22/2017 9:57:51 AM
    1. What is an algorithm?  If you are not sure, look it up!

    2. When do AI algorithms run into challenges? What is the first example?

    3.  What are some of the important social functions that AI must provide?

    4.  What Chess algorithm defeated the world chess champion, Gary Kasparov?
         Why do you think this was possible?
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  • The Ethics of Autonomous Cars Part 2

    Posted by Aleta Daley-Okolicsanyi on 2/16/2017 9:19:52 AM
    1. What is the Trolley Problem?

    2. How and when do ethics and the law diverge?

    3.  Define the "moral compass" and explain why Professor Lin argues for its importance and its
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  • "The Ethics of Autonomous Cars" part 1

    Posted by Aleta Daley-Okolicsanyi on 2/14/2017 8:40:51 AM
    In this article by Professor Lin, what is the major difference between human drivers and
    autonomous cars?  What advantage does a human driver have over a driverless car?

    What legal principle allows automated/autonomous cars to be tested on public highways?
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  • Reflections on "Desiderata"

    Posted by Aleta Daley-Okolicsanyi on 1/31/2017 10:50:31 AM
    After you read and re-read the text of
    "Desiderata", please take time to
    reflect.  The poem written in 1927
    is rich with wisdom and counsel.
    Of the many points, choose three
    and explain what the poet means.
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