STRAND 3: IT systems > Robotics, artificial intelligence and expert systems

Hivemapper, a flight guide for drone pilots

How smart is today's Artificial Intelligence?

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Wired for War
This website accompanies the book of the same title, a must read for ITGS teachers.
The website includes lots of videos of robots in action, images of robots with detailed
captions, videos of the author's appearances including a TED conference, a classroom
discussion guide, and lots of information about the book including a lengthy excerpt.
First rate material. Goes beyond robotics with excellent explanations of the technology.

Artificial Intelligence News
A general link which includes stories on the latest developments in AI

Razor Robotics
Extensive and effective overview of all aspects of robotics and artificial intelligence appropriate to ITGS.
A number of excellent videos are available on the site as well.

Drones: What are they and how do they work?
Just what it says, brief and clear overview.

Robots are moving to greater interaction with people
Good overview of how this can be achieved.

Will robots create economic utopia?
Seriously optimistic view. Useful for discussion.

Robot Teachers Invade South Korean Classrooms
Illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of current robotic technology.
Fuzzy Logic and Rice Cookers
A very readable explanation of fuzzy logic and set theory. Relates to the home i.e. something students can relate to.

Kismet, A Sociable Robot
MIT site about an expressive anthropomorphic robot called Kismet that engages people in natural and expressive face-to-face interaction. Includes videos and good explanations.

Artificial Intelligence
A good overview although white text on a black background is hard to read and the ads are annoying. The text and illustrations, however, are quite good.

MIT Personal Robot Group
"Cynthia Breazeal: The rise of personal robots"

The biography of Cynthia Breazeal: Roboticist

Related websites:

Kibot, Korean Robot for Children
Short but interesting article that raises social and ethical concerns about our use of robots.

'Only the Best' Videos and Podcasts

Fuzzy Logic: An Introduction

IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society

IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
'This video introduces fuzzy logic, including the basics of fuzzy sets, fuzzy rules and how these are combined in decision making.'

Fuzzy Logic - Computerphile

'Real life isn't as simple as true or false - Fuzzy logic allows you to have degrees of truth, meaning computer programmes can deal with more diverse situations.'

What Are Google's Artificial Intelligence Plans?

'Clarifai CEO Matt Zeiler and MIT Roboticist and Mechanical Engineering Professor John Leonard discuss Google's robotic future.'

Second machine age' will require more human creativity (PBS NewsHour - video and transcript)

Robots 'To Work in SuperMarkets'
Click-BBC News (video and article)- YouTube video
BBC does not allow 'embedding' of their videos
Robot Jellyfish Patrolling the Oceans

Environmental and military use of robotic jellyfish,

The Robotic Factory Future

Related article

Skilled Work, without the Worker

500 robots are building new Ford trucks

Super-Fast Robot Arm Can Catch Whatever You Throw At It

CES 07: Honda Asimo Humanoid Robot demo

How Robots Will Change the World - BBC documentary
40 minute report on a wide range of robots and their function including: Asimo, Atlas, Hubo, Baxter and others.

Prosthetic Arm
Dean Kamen on the Colbert Report
Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he’s developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems -- while honoring the human spirit -- has never been more clear. Truly inspiring.
The Great Robot Race
Driverless vehicles compete in a 130 mile race across the Mojave Desert. Website contains video clips and explanations of how the robots sense their environments. The full video/DVD must be purchased but the website still contains lots of useful material.
Wheeled workers heroes of hospital
Good video and explanation of how they work.
Fuzzy Logic - Mimicking Human Systems

Pharmacy Robots Cutting Costs
Two minute video with an accompanying article.

Amsterdam Ariport Schiphol Case Study
The "smart system" using software and robotics handles 50 million bags of luggage a year with the anticipation of this growing to 70 million.

Geminoid test
and related news article "Is this a Robot or a Human?"

Raises the question of how we might respond to a genuinely humanoid robot i.e. android.

"Apple's 1987 Knowledge Navigator Video" at

How close is the 'Knowledge Navigator' to the AI in mobile devices today?

IBM Watson: A System Designed for Answers

Big Dog by Boston Dynamics

Big Dog - The most advanced rough-terrain robot on earth
(also includes paper and summary slides)

Here’s How Darpa’s Robot Ship Will Hunt Silent Subs

Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Prototype

Attack of the Drones - USA

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