Development of artificial intelligence and intelligent agents

Research Paper Using Word This assignment has two goals: 1) have students increase their understanding of the concept of Protecting Personal Information (PPI) and other ethical issues related to the use of information technology through research, and 2) learn to correctly use the tools and techniques within Word to format a research paper, including use of available References and citation tools. These skills will be valuable throughout a student’s academic career. The paper will require a title page, NO abstract, three to four full pages of content with incorporation of a minimum of 3 external resources from credible sources and a Works Cited/References page. Wikipedia and similar general information sites, blogs or discussion groups are not considered creditable sources for a research project. No more than 10% of the paper may be in the form of a direct citation from an external source. A list of topics from which students can choose is provided below. Topics for Research Paper Explore ethical issues that may surround the use of information technology in the implementation or development of one of these topics

1. Genetic Engineering – crops and humans 2. Biometrics – various implementations and the ethical and privacy issues related

to the use of biometrics 3. Development of artificial intelligence and intelligent agents (such as Siri, Cortana,

and so on) 4. Development of robots as intelligent as humans; smart machines and the IOT. 5. Genome-based treatments for curing diseases 6. Family, eldercare, and parenting issues with technology and information systems 7. The pros and cons of using computer-assisted education in the elementary

school classroom 8. Issues facing the IT Manager or Security professional (e.g., privacy, ownership,

control, accuracy, security) 9. Ethical issues in defense information systems in this era of Edward Snowden,

Chelsea Manning, Wikileaks, etc. If there is another topic that addresses ethical issues as related to information technology that is of special interest to you but one that is not in the list above, request permission from your instructor before selecting this alternate topic.

Writing Quality for the Research Paper * All Grammar, Verb Tenses, Pronouns, Spelling, Punctuation, and Writing Competency should be without error. * Be particularly careful about mis-matching a noun and pronoun. For example, if you say “A person does this…” then do not use “their” or “they” when referring to that person. “Person” is singular; “their” or “they” is plural.

* Remember: there is not their, your is not you’re, its is not it’s, too is not to or two, site is not cite, and who should be used after an individual, not that. For example, “the person WHO made the speech” not “the person THAT made the speech.” * In a professional paper one does not use contractions (doesn’t, don’t, etc.) and one does not use the personal I, you or your. Use the impersonal as in the previous sentence. It is more business-like to say “In a professional paper one should not use contractions,” rather than saying, “In a professional paper you don’t use contractions.” *Remember: spell-check, then proofread. Better yet, have a friend or colleague read it before submitting it. Read it out loud to yourself. Read it as if you are submitting it to your boss. You can find instructions on how to use the References tool in Word on a PC or on a Mac in the separate file attached here. Complete rubrics for this paper are found in the table on the next page.

Element # Requirement Points

Allocated Comments

01

Paper should be – double-spaced, – margins are set to 1” (left, right, top bottom), – 12 point Arial type is used for all text – headings, if used, are bold but in 12 point Arial type

1.0

This is the font in normal paragraphs. Heading

and title fonts may be in bold, but should remain

in 12 point font.

02

Body of the paper is at least three full pages and does not exceed five typed, double-spaced pages. The 3- 5 pages does not include the title and reference pages and these are not included in the page count of the body of the paper.

1.0

Charts and other graphical information are not included in the page

count.

03

Title Page which shows title of the paper and the author’s (student’s) name. The title and author’s name should be centered horizontally and vertically on the title page. The title and author’s name should appear in the center of the page.

0.5 Title must be appropriate

for content

04

At least three (3) APA formatted in-text citations. If you are not familiar with APA format, it is recommended that you use the References feature in Word for your citations and Reference List or refer to the “Citing and Writing” option under the Resources/Library/Get Help area in the LEO classroom. It is important to review the final format for APA-style correctness even if generated by Word.

1.0

These can be anywhere in the document, but the

citations must be relevant to what is being

referenced and the APA format is used correctly.

05

At least two (2) informational footnotes. (Note: APA Style does not use footnotes for citations; however, APA style does allow for the incorporation of informational footnotes) Footnotes are not used to list a reference! Footnotes contain information about the topic to which the footnote has been attached.

1.0

These can be anywhere in the document, but the informational footnotes must be relevant to the associated text. The

purpose of this requirement is to

effectively incorporate the information and

Element # Requirement Points

Allocated Comments

demonstrate that you can use the MS Word

footnoting functionality.

06

References Page using APA format for references. The References must be on a separate page from the body of the paper. If you are not familiar with APA format, it is recommended that you use the References feature in Word for your citations and Reference List or refer to the “Citing and Writing” option under the Resources/Library/Get Help area in the LEO classroom. It is important to review the final format for APA-style correctness even if generated by Word.

1.0

All works listed must be incorporated within the writing of your paper as specified in APA style

07 Describe the topic and ethical issue as it relates to the use of Information Technology

2.0

08 Discuss the trends and ways individuals and/or organizations are impacted by the issue or are working to prevent the impact.

2.0

09 Paper must be well-organized, clearly written in a style appropriate for college level work.

2.0

10

Paper should be grammatically correct and contain no spelling errors.

1.5

Although you should use the Spell Check and

Grammar Check function in Word, this will not

catch all errors – you are ultimately responsible for

proofreading. Direct citations should not exceed 10% of total

words (use Word’s ‘word count’ function)

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