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edX Mind of the Universe - Robots in Society: Blessing or Curse?

Delft University of Technology via edX

  • Overview
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    Delft University of Technology
    5 weeks
    1 to 2 hours per week
    Paid Certificate Available
    Will robots take away our jobs? Will they have their own free will and - as some prophesy - have the power to take over the world? Or will robots offer a great contribution to our well-being and help us to achieve a sustainable future?

    Many complex real-world problems can be solved using artificial intelligence. However, while combining artificial intelligence with robotics may offer positive implications for our society, it also raises ethical questions.

    In this course, you will be exposed to the potential societal and ethical impact of robots. We will touch upon the design principles that developers should adhere to and critically reflect on issues such as robot autonomy, consciousness, and intelligence.

    At the end of the course, you will work with other participants to develop a groundbreaking solution that can be used by robot developers in the near future.

    This course is a spin-off of the "Mind of the Universe" documentary series, created by the Dutch broadcasting company VPRO and professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, Princeton University. A number of universities in The Netherlands have used the open source material of the documentary series as a starting point to create similar learning experiences.

    The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

    What you'll learn
    • The potential societal and ethical impacts of robot creation
    • The principles that should be taken into consideration during the development of social and AI robots
    • The choices that need to be made when developing social robots
    1. What’s on your mind? Short introduction to the topic and becoming aware of your ideas on the topic
    2. Open up your mind: start listening to experts and read about the topic
    3. Connect your mind: Discuss your ideas with others
    4. Make up your mind: Come up with a great solution

    Taught by

    Virginia Dignum, Jordi Bieger and Rijk Mercuur

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