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10 Machine Learning Ethics Mini-Essays

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10 Mini-Essays on Machine Learning Ethics

The following is an assignment I did at York University, sliced into a series of blog entries. The structure has been adjusted to suit the blog format, but the words are unchanged.

I had way more fun than I should have with this assignment, and even wrote each mini-essay in a different style. (Because some of them are very technical, Fleisch reading scores range from 22 to 64. This introduction scores a 68.) This was the only “straight writing” we did in the whole course—the rest of the writing was about our projects.

These 10 mini-essays together were worth 10% of the course mark. I very deliberately spent one hour on each. Despite my irreverent tone, and excessive focus on my own experience, I did score an “A” grade for the assignment, if only barely.