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This week’s episode on artificial intelligence (AI) focused on robots.

After providing examples of current robots, the host listed three robotic concepts: Localisation, planning, and manipulation.

For a robot to interact with its environment, it needs to know where it is (localisation) and how to move somewhere else (planning). In order to get there, a robot will have to sense its path and take actions to enable its progress (manipulation).

This episode was easier to relate to since the concepts were closely linked to what humans already do innately well. The problem is creating for robots artificial versions of what evolutionary time has given us.

Interestingly one training and practising arena for robots is games. AI playing games is in the next episode.

Much of the press chooses to focus on how robots might replace people or otherwise contribute to a Hollywood dystopian future.

I would rather use this Gates video to highlight how such technology can be boringly meaningful and effective.

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Boring because the use of robots does not pretend replace people or cause their end. Meaningful because the robots featured augment instead of replace human function. They enable, not just enhance.

That same principle of meaningful integration as a result of enabling instead of just enhancing is something that can be applied to everyday technologies for teaching and learning.

Today I highlight two videos that provide insights into current issues.

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The first is about what some workers are worried about — robots taking over their jobs. This is an issue made real by what people can already see happening around them.

It seems to be a relatively immediate threat, so policymakers and workers alike spread and share the worry.

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The second is about the harm that Facebook has brought. Facebook ostensibly wanted to do good, but in reaching almost everyone on this planet, did not regulate its own ambition.

This issue is less obvious to most people than the previous one. However, I think that it is as big a threat, if not bigger, than robots taking over jobs. Robotisation is a result of many agencies and stakeholders that are subject to rules and standards; Facebook is one mega corporation that makes its own rules and standards.

The irony is that laypeople has little say in robotisation. But we make Facebook what it is and we empower — and possibly embolden — it by using it indiscriminately or not objecting to its poor practices.

How more myopic can we get?

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