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CERCA Slides: Role of Machines


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Isaac Asimov, the great science fiction writer, recorded three rules for robots that remain at the center of our discussions about the role of machines in our lives. This set of CERCA Slides highlights some of the debates related to technology. As students explore the question of “How far should we let machines go in our lives” they may find it useful to review these rules.

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

We have laid out 5 great class sessions for you, but kids in chatty happy classrooms might take a little longer.

We would love to see your students write rules or rewrite rules based on the specific technology they are reading about in their CERCAs!!! #CERCAmythinking

Grades 3: My Grandmothers Robot ✍ Should robots be used to take care of the elderly? (CCSS.RI.3.1, CCSS.W.3.4) CERCA Slides | Student Guide Grade 4: The AmishWill new technology change the Amish way of life? (CCSS.RI.4.1; CCSS.W.4.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide
Grade 5: Robotic Seals ✍ Should there be limits in the use of ‘carebots’ in caring for humans? (CCSS.RI.5.1, CCSS.W.5.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide Grade 6: A Double-Edged Sword ✍Is factory automation positive or negative? (CCSS.RI.6.2, CCSS.W.6.1) CERCA Slides | Student Guide
Grade 7: When Robots Milk CowsAre family farms run by robots a realistic solution for keeping the tradition of farming as a family business alive? (CCSS.RI.7.1, CCSS.W.7.4) CERCA Slides |Student Guide Grade 8: Self-Flying Planes Should we eliminate pilots and use ‘refuse-to-crash’ planes? (CCSS.RI.8.1, CCSS.W.8.6) CERCA Slides |Student Guide
Grade 9: Should Robots Have Rights ✍Should robots have rights?(CCSS.RI.9-10.1; CCSS.CCRA.R.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide
Grade 10: How to Make AIShould there be rules regarding A.I. development to ensure that A.I. is good for all humans? (CCSS.RI.9-10.1; CCSS.CCRA.R.2)CERCA Slides | Student Guide
Grade 11: Let Robots Teach Our Kids Should robots deliver education? (CCSS.RI.11-12.1,CCSS.CCRA.R.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide Grade 12: Moral Machines ✍ 
Should machines that have a conscience be created? (CCSS.RI.11-12.1,CCSS.CCRA.R.2) CERCA Slides | Student Guide

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