HW11

HW 11 due 11/7/17 for Information, Computing and the Future


0) Student presentations will be on the last day of class, unless you would prefer to sign up to do it earlier. That is good to do if you want to pace yourself and not have too much due at the same time at the end of the semester. If you would like to sign up for an earlier presentation day, please email me.

1) Do you think we will find intelligent life in the universe? Why or why not?

2) Suppose you had a coupon for a free robot. The catch is it can only do one thing. But you can get a robot that will do whatever one thing you like, just not anything else. What would you want your robot to do, and why?

3) Imagine a robotic future. Would it possible in such a future for labor to be free? For example, suppose there was a law prohibiting anyone from being paid to do work. Could the human race survive in the face of such a law?

4) Discuss the applicability (or inapplicability) of robotics  to your project topic. This should be at least 199 words. Alternatively, if your project is not a report, do something else on it of equivalent effort and explain briefly (but specifically - "made a lot of progress on implementation" is not specific, but "completed functions fireRocket(), landOnMoon(), and deployRobot()" is specific; "finished sketching the painting and plan to start applying paint to canvas next" is also specific) on your blog.

5) Comment on the movie Transcendant Man. What do you agree with, disagree with, what do you look forward to, are apprehensive about, etc.

6) Create at least half of a first draft, or whatever is appropriate, of your presentation. (This is in contrast to your paper or other project.) For example, you could create some slides. If this requirement does not fit your situation, do something else equivalent, and explain what you did.

7) (Grad students only) continue with the book you obtained. Read the next 20 pages. State the book title, author, and page numbers you have read. Then, discuss those pages. Explain what you agree with, disagree with, and how your views compare with those of other reviewers on Amazon or elsewhere.