Science, Friday, May 26

Elon Musk and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Advancement

Watch the following video:


1) “We are summoning the demon,” warns Elon Musk. What does he mean?

2) What is at the heart of the black box quantum computer in Burnaby, B.C.?

3) The quantum computer gets faster with each generation (every new computer built). Provide an example of its speed improvement from year to year by comparing the speed to that of a donkey and a jet. Also, the speed from New York to Los Angeles.

4) According to Elon Musk, what happens if human intelligence is exceeded by A.I. computers?

5) In this video, a prediction is made about what will happen within 15 years. Explain.

6) Are you worried about artificial intelligence in computers? Explain why or why not.

Science, Tuesday, May 23

Robots and The Future of Work

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1) With regards to robots, what are people afraid of?

2) Provide examples from the video about how we use robots today.

3) What jobs are disappearing due to AI technology?

4) According to this speaker, what is inevitable?

5) What happens when one type of job disappears? Provide three examples from the video.

6) This speaker says that in the future, we will have to tax robots. Explain why.

7) In the future, why might governments pay its citizens, even though they do not work?

8) Economist John Maynard Keynes made a prediction a long time ago. What was his prediction?

9) According to this speaker, was John Maynard Keynes correct?

Science, Thursday, May 18

The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

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1) What is missing from today’s robots?

2) In robotics, we need software to do two main things. Explain.

3) Programming a helicopter to fly on its own proved difficult for Stanford scientist, Andrew Ng. What did he realize about how to successfully program a helicopter to fly on its own? Be sure to discuss the concept of machine learning.

4) What does a computer see when it looks at a coffee mug?

5) Five years ago, Andrew Ng got a new idea. Tell me about the “one program” hypothesis.

6) How does our brain process images? What was Andrew Ng able to do with that information?

7) At the end of the video, Andrew Ng gives us a reason why we should continue our research into AI (Artificial Intelligence in robots). What are his reasons?

Science, Wednesday, May 17

Ethical Issues in Human-Robot Interaction

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1) What is Hitchbot? What was its job? What happened to it?

2) How did people react when they heard what happened to Hitchbot?

3) Why are people so angry about what happened to Hitchbot?

4) Robots move. How does this affect the way people react with robots? Provide an example.

5) What is social robotics? Explain, in detail.

Note: There is a glitch in the video at the 7-minute mark. Just be patient. The video will resume.

6) How is privacy and data security an issue with the social robots we are building?

7) Why might we need consumer protection laws if we own robots down the road?

8) Tell me about Spot? What were people’s reactions?

9) Tell me about the experiment with Frank, the hex robot?

10) What two things does the scientist from this video want to learn by studying human interactions with robots?

11) Robot ethics isn’t about robots. It’s about humans. Explain.

Science, Tuesday, May 16

A Brief History of Robots

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1) Technically speaking, what is a robot?

2) What three things do robots have that would allow them to pick up a coin from a sidewalk, for example?

3) Draw a labelled diagram of a robot with the three components mentioned in your answer above.

4) Where did robots first become useful? Explain why.

5) What was the name of the first robot? Tell me the story.

6) Tell me about IRB 6.

7) How did artificial intelligence change the game of robotics?

8) A robot’s vision isn’t just about taking pictures. Explain.

9) Tell me about Baxter.

10) What did WABOT 1 and WABOT 2 teach us about robots?

11) In the last 10 years, there have been more household robots than ever. Explain.

12) Some of the greatest advances in robotics today come from the military. Tell me about BEAR.

13) Tell me about DARPA.