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Robots and Artificial Intelligence

Nowadays, we are surrounded by Android devices and chat bots. Smart electronics and internet of things are essential parts of our life. So it is not a surprise that some of us live like robots - mechanically efficient, but with no awareness. Are you afraid of raise of the machines? Come this Sunday at 12:00 o'clock to discuss a new high-tech topic "Robots and Artificial Intelligence"!


Say your name,
If you had a robot, what would you like it to do? 

Watch and discuss Video 1

A joke from the video: 

  • What cheese should you use to tempt a bear down from a tree?
  • Camembert (Come On Bear)!


1. What do you think robots should be used for?
2. Do you think robots will cause unemployment (loss of jobs) in the future or make more work? Why?
3. The West sees robots as evil and dangerous, Japan sees them as helpful and cute. What do you think?
4. What role will robots play in our society later this century?
5. When do you think robots will replace McDonalds workers?
6. Have you ever felt as though you were a robot?
7. Do you think people will have robots as companions, instead of a pet?
8. What would society be like if robots took over our jobs?

Activity 1

1. Give a formal definition for the word 'Robot'
• a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.
• a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically.

2. Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word “robot”

Watch and discuss Video 2

Questions - part two

1. What movies have you seen about artificial intelligence?
2. What are the dangers of artificial intelligence?
3. Is there a difference between artificial intelligence and robots?
4. How is artificial intelligence helping us today?
5. Which industry do you think might benefit the most from the use of AI and why?
6. Overall, do you think that AI development has more positive or negative effects on society?
7. Should we be concerned about military using AI and robots?

Before watching next video read and translate lyrics Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity.

Watch and discuss Video 3

Watch and discuss Video 4


1. Could AI become more intelligent than its creator?
2. Given what little we know about our own minds, can we expect to intentionally create artificial consciousness?
3. If a robot can do only what it has been programmed to do, then can you say that a robot is able to think? What does it mean to be able to think?
4. If people were writing stories about robots before they really existed, who has more imagination – the people who created the idea of robots or the people who actually created the robots?
5. Think about your five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell). What key concepts would you program, into a robot so it could identify a specific object (perhaps an apple or a song) by all five attributes?  

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