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Smart Robots

A project which seeks to effectively and successfully present "Smart Robots," by author Mark Hanlin.
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on 28 March 2013

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Transcript of Smart Robots

Smart Robots Robot Explorers Robot explorers are normal robots that are capable
of doing dangerous work in extreme environments that humans cannot do. An example of a robot is
Dante II, which has eight legs. This robot crawls
into active volcanoes, and sends back information for scientists to
study. Dante II was sent into Alaska's active Mount Spurr volcano. The robot
navigated itself to the fiery bottom and sent scientists pictures of the bottom of the
volcano alongside testing gases that were present in the crater. Robot explorers can do various tasks that are too challenging for humans. Do you think any of us can go to the bottom of a volcano like Dante II? Or to the ocean floor to explore? The obvious answer is no, because the human body cannot handle the conditions, so robot explorers are used to do tasks that are too dangerous for humans. WHAT ARE ROBOT
EXPLORERS? WHAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF A ROBOT EXPLORER? Dante II Dante II at work Author: Mark Hanlin What is a Robot? The word "robot" comes from the Czech word 'robota,' meaning "forced labour." Robots are classified by their face value by it doing more than they are programmed. For example, a washing machine isn't a robot; it can only wash clothes. The machine must be adaptable to do more than one task. Then, it's classified as a robot. Most of the time, robots have human like senses, such as sight, smell, touch, and so forth. Moving Towards More Human Robots In order to make robots more human, we need to create better artificial intelligence for them. The problem is that creating artificial intelligence for robots is very challenging. However, there are some robots out there that are a little bit human-like. For example, Cog is a robot that can learn, just like us. Cog was first programmed to act like a baby, and after four years, it could nod or shake its head. It could also lean out and touch an object. Progress may be slow, but that is because Cog sits in a laboratory that is not a replacement for the real world. Another example of a robot that is human-like is P3. P3 is a robot that can walk, although it has to be in an environment with smooth floors and no obstacles.
Nowadays, there are many humanoid robots that work in entertainment parks and amuse customers in shopping centers. These robots may appear to be intelligent but that is not true. They are controlled by humans operating them from a hidden location. The operator can also make the robot appear to speak by using a speaker that is placed on the robot. So far, it is extremely challenging to create robots that can think for themselves such as the robots seen in the movie Terminator. But who knows? Perhaps such a robot can exist in the far future. Another place humans cannot explore is deep down on the ocean floor. Many types of robots are used for these explorations. These robots can also inspect oil-drilling rigs and investigate oil tanker accidents and discover how much oil has leaked. This robot camera is operated from a boat's deck and it can dive deeper than humans. Robots in Science Fiction When one thinks of robots, he or she may think of robots being in different forms of literature and media. Seldom, it seems, that robots are more intelligent than humans. Science fiction is what makes us believe in the above mentioned. As a connection, KITT, the robot car from Knight Rider, can do many fantastic feats that are still impossible. The car can navigate entirely on its own, reducing the driver's effort, for one. Also, it can communicate with humans, a recent upgrade in today's technology, all the while repairing itself. With such influences, having intelligent devices seems seamless. But the reason robots are not intelligent is because their motherboard is not intelligent. No robot has come close to the IQ to human intelligence. Never will robots be smarter than the face value of those in science fiction. Humans aren't very versatile. This means that we can't do tasks in extreme conditions. The human brain needs constant stimulation in order to work. Robots, however, can work for 24/7 without needing to rest. Many manufacturers use robots in their industries, such as in coal mining. Electricity is generated by burning coal. Digging tunnels deep below the Earth's surface is the way to extract coal. In some cases, miners have died in cases of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (when fine silicone dust is inhaled during mining), so the industry prefers in using robots in many different industries. Either way, it's cheaper than hiring man. Smarter Robots In the future, robots could be used daily, even in regular households. Robot technology will get cheaper, so production could increase. This means seeing robots may be a common sight for many people, and they could operate on their own without being given instructions.
Already many robots are being made, so none of the predictions seem unrealistic. To the contrary, robots are very expensive to make, so that is only one hurtle we have to jump. For another matter, the amount of space needed to store all the programs and hardware is overwhelming, so newer technology is trying to decrease that.
No matter how difficult it may seem, we are still approaching our target. Robots, such as the Nomad and Soujourner, are being designed for some very challenging operations for examining extreme areas such as the Moon and the temperatures of Antarctica independently. We
may be closer to the future than it seems... What Do You Know About Robots? Robots for the Future There are many extravagant predictions that people are making for robots in the future. Whether these endure as a fantasy, or become reality, will depend on many things. Robots in the future will have to be very useful and intelligent. Before robots can be a part of our society, their artificial intelligence has to be raised. There are already robot pets out there slowly developing and becoming more and more intelligent. Some scientists believe robots won't be as smart as humans for 100 or 200 years. Some scientists also believe that robots may never match the intelligence of humans. The questions being asked are,"Do robots have to be smart?", and "Will machines become smarter than humans in other ways?" After all, many people think that robots should be created to help humans, not to replace them.


Robots are used everywhere in our modern time. They are used in factories to build items like cars, they can perform surgery, and there are also toy robots for children to play with. Robots have been a gigantic help in the medical field. Engineers have extraordinarily created robot arms to perform surgery with more precision than any human on the planet. Also, if the patient needs a specialized doctor, a surgeon can operate on this person even if he or she is in another country. The surgeon would easily see everything during the operation because of special cameras that are mounted on the arms. This is called telesurgery. Robots may also be designed as pets for the elderly in the future. This is likely to happen because these pets do not need to be taken care of, like real animals. The elderly do not need to take them out for exercise, nor do they need to feed them or give them water. The robots pets can even recharge themselves at the end of the day. The robot pets might be able to help people too. They could call the doctor if the owner is sick, and they might be able to call 911 if there is a fire in the house. If this is possible in the future and it works well, the younger population and their families would want a robot pet as well. They won’t bark and wake you up at night and they won’t chew on your household items. These pets would act as a security alarm for the house, and they would even be able to tell you when you’re favourite shows were on T.V. Engineers have made a robot that is programmed cleverly enough that it seems like it has a real personality. We will have to wait to see if any of these ideas will take off in the future. Robots on the Move Text Features Some of the text features in this text were various headings, in this case referring to titles and subtitles, as well as photographs with their corresponding captions. These were useful because they helped us understand more of the information. Titles and subtitles help to provide an idea of what information is underneath, and illustrations provide with a better mental image for the unsure mind. Pictures are worth a thousand words because they provide the sight that words don't, except for the vague understanding meandering about in our minds. Captions are the reason that images are so valuable because they support each other: pictures could have a myriad of definitions without the clarity of words, or vice versa. Though there were no graphs or charts, it actually makes sense for this text because it didn't compare any information directly; rather, the target was to separately provide pieces of information regarding the past, present, and future of robots, as well as some misconceptions. Robolympics The chapter, Robolympics, basically talked about a real life olympic event for robots called, the Robolympics. Robolympics are slightly different than the olympics, because the olympics usually concentrate on athletics. To the contrary, the Robolympics are all about the robots using their navigation skills for finding their way around a specially designed course. There is also another competition where the robots play a game against each other. Examples of those games are robot football, robot basketball, and robot soccer. These sports are usually much simpler than its human equivalents. Finally, there are also robot triathlons and robot wars where the robots fight. These competitions are to see how much the robots have progressed. Persisting Questions 1. What is the future for robots?
2. In the future, will humans rely on robots too much?
3. Will robots be able to take over the world, such as in the movies?
4. Will robots replace humans? 1. What is the future for robots?
2. In the future, will humans rely on robots too much?
3. Will robots be able to take over the world, like in the movies?
4. Will robots replace humans in the distant future? The chapter, Robolympics, is essentially about a real-life Olympic tournament for robots, reasonably named as the Robolympics. The Robolympics are slightly different compared to real Olympics tournaments because those focus on athletics. To the contrary, the Robolympics are all about the robots using their navigation skills for finding their way around specially-designed courses. There are also other competitions where robots play sports against each other, such as robot football, basketball and soccer. These sports are usually much simpler than their human counterparts. Finally, there are also robot triathlons and robot wars, where the robots fight against robot opponents. These competitions are meant to see how much robot technology has progressed. This is a project done by:
Hadi A., Sunjev J., Niranjan K.,
Nandita M., Kaaru S., and Ashwin Y. This robot excavates for coal underground. This is a robot playing
robot soccer. This is a surgical robot in use. Jobs for Robots
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