"Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'Why not?'"
George Bernard Shaw
lunes, 3 de octubre de 2016
What benefits do robots and other automated technologies bring to human society?
Tell your students they are going to watch a video which contains nine short clips related to the topic of roboticsand artificial intelligence. As they watch, ask them to match the following titles (a – i) to the appropriate clips.
a) Robot toddler taking its first steps. b) Spare parts for humans. c) “I’ve never posed for a machine before.” d) “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” e) “I should have unplugged it earlier. Too late now!” f) “It’s no use hiding, they’ll find you.” g) “Not a bad imitation, but you can still tell the difference.” h) “I’ve programmed it to fetch sticks too.” i) Robots don’t get bored doing routine tasks.
Note : After watching the video, project thethumbnail collage (see above) onto a screen to help students recall the different clips while checking and/or comparing their answers. The video clip titles are also available on the Question Time worksheet, which you can downloadand edit as you wish.
Answers :1) h | 2) g | 3) f | 4) i | 5) b | 6) c | 7) a | 8) d | 9) e
How do you react tothe video you’ve just seen? Was there anything that surprised you?
What benefits do robots and other automated technologies bring tohuman society?
What can robots do better than humans? What about things robots can’tdo as well as humans? Do you think this might change in the future?
Some futurologiststhink that we will incorporate more and more artificial components into our bodies. What do you think? Which parts of our bodies will be artificialin the future?
Do you think it is ethicalto use technology not only to replace missing or damaged body parts, but also to enhance the performance of existing body parts? Should there be a limit to how artificial humans can become?
Some scientists such asStephen Hawking have suggested that artificially intelligent machinescould pose a serious threat to humanity in the not too distant future. Do you think they are right to be worried?
Do you think the military’s increasing use of drones and other unmanned weapons systems is a good thing or a bad thing?
How would you feel about having a brain implant which enabled you to both understand and speak English perfectly? Do you think this will become possible in the future?
What effectwill automated technologies have onwork and employmentin the future? What kind of jobs will be replaced byrobots? Are there any jobs which will never be done by robots?
As roboticsbecomes more advanced do you think we will reach a point whenit is difficult todistinguisha robot froma human? Do you think it is possible for humans to establish emotional relationshipswithrobots?
Which twoof the above questions are being discussed?
Download “Question time” and the “Sitting comfortably?” script in an editable Word documenthere.
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A : Text-to-speech “robot apocalypse”
Ask your students to create a Vokispeaking avatar of a robot announcing an imminent “robot uprising” which will spell the end of humanity as the dominant form of intelligence on Earth.