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"Emotional Robots", Connected, level 4, November 2018

15 February 2019

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This article explores the development of artificial intelligence (AI) from a social and ethical perspective. It invites the reader to consider high-level questions about the future for this technology such as what emotional intelligence is, how humans think, and the ethical implications of building AI that act like humans.

You can find a PDF version of the teaching notes here: Emotional Robots, Connected, level 4, November 2018

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Discussion questions

Students could collect choose a robot and analyse it using the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of the robot?
  • What human physical ability and or sense, for example, touch, sight, and so on, does it replace or enhance?
  • What is the short term impact of the robot on humans?
  • What are some of the likely long term impacts
  • What creative and critical thinking was possibly used in the development of the robot?
  • What knowledge and skills from technology and other disciplines could have been used in the development of the robot?

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology
  • identify examples where technology has changed people’s sensory perception and/or physical abilities and discuss the potential short and long term impacts of these
  • identify examples of creative and critical thinking in technological practice
  • identify and categorise knowledge and skills from technology and other disciplines that have informed decisions in technological development and manufacture
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