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Week 2. Class1.Selecting the Situation.


Before brainstorming the situations and problems for the panel discussion it seems useful to watch the Bennie Mols TED lecture ( 11 min) and a short clip from AI movie ( 5 min).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlufiVu0imw - a popular introduction to robotics, TED lecture.

Artificial Intelligence. Steven Spielberg, 2001. Food for thought about robot rights/ Discussion.


Questions to Bennie Mols’ lecture.

1. The first computers appeared in

• 1970s

• 1940s

• 1960s


2. The leading country in robotics is

• the USA

• Australia

• Japan


3. Bennie Mols says that we need robots that can

• do dull, dirty or dangerous jobs

• lead wedding ceremonies or play the trumpet

• play chess or win Jeopardy game


4. The main difference between the human brain and the automatic brain is that

• it has changed dramatically in the process of evolution

• it hasn’t changed in the last 100 000 years

• it can’t ensure the survival of the species


5. According to Bennie Mols, the robotic brain

• has a huge and perfect memory

• gets tired or affected by emotions

• is capable of learning


6. Supercomputer Watson was used

• to drive a smart car

• to make reliable medical diagnoses

• to work on Fukushima nuclear reactor site


7. The lecturer predicts that in the future

• the man and the robot will cooperate, thus enhancing their abilities

• robots will take over most of human jobs

• artificial intelligence will have very narrow application due to its unreliability



General Motors, the producer of a new generation of electric cars (Chevy 2017), has established a new business practice of robots performing all the operations on the plant, from human resources department and accounting to assembly line. 10 human workers who remained on the plane said that the smartest robots started copying human behaviour such as quarreling, sympathizing and laziness. The more advanced the robot is the more emotional it becomes.

TASK .The GM board of directors addressed Robot Research Ltd. Engineering Company to elaborate a number of measures to monitor the emotional and intellectual states of “steel collars” in order to prevent a rebellion.

Using the Problem-Response-Evaluation approach, find a solution to the problem, evaluate its significance and be ready to present it at the panel discussion.




MISiS - MIT joint project team managed to create a human-like robot (three prototypes: a kid, a teenager and an adult) that can genuinely love people by activating a special cipher code. Such AI robots are expected to substitute those members of the family who, by accident, have passed away. Some people, however, are a bit skeptical of this. They are not sure whether people are capable of loving Robots back.

TASK :As a leading team of prominent MISiS IT and neuro-technology scientists, your job is to discuss and justify positive and negative impacts and consequences of the issue and present your conclusion by clearly and concisely articulating it in three parts: Problem, Response, and Evaluation.


Aeroflot has launched a project incorporating android flight attendants on board. Current tests have shown that in critical situations androids start to malfunction under high pressure at altitudes greater than 9000 meters above sea-level. Alarmingly, they stop responding to air traffic control operators.

TASK :Aeroflot offers a free of charge VIP multi ticket for life to the group of developers who devise a 3-stage action plan (Problem, Response and Evaluation) to avoid such robotic failures in the future.



Humankind is on the edge on the fatal ecological disaster – either the Sun is getting too hot or cold, or due to global warming radiation has become very strong and sea levels have risen , which led to flooding the whole countries. As a result, people turned to artificial intelligence to ensure the survival of the human race.

TASK:As a leading team of prominent AI scientists, including specialists in computer science, neuroscience as well as in robotics, suggest a viable solution to the problem and articulate it in three parts: Problem, Response and Evaluation.


Week 2. Class 2. Preparation for Expert Panel Discussion.

Week 3. Panel Discussion and Writing Assignment.

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