Term Paper: Robotics and AI
The objective of this project is to learn about the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence in general, and how they are likely to affect life in the future. You will have to turn in two finished products: a paper, and a PowerPoint presentation.
Everyone writes the paper on the same general topic – the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence in general, how they work, what they're used for now, and how they are likely to affect life in the future. The paper will be worth 66 points.
Everyone makes a presentation on a specific subject that they have chosen within the general field of Robotics and AI. No two presentations in a class section will be on the same topic. The presentation will be worth 15 points.
The total project counts for a total of 81 points. One third of your total score on this entire unit will become part of your final exam grade, and two thirds will become part of your second marking period grade.
Part #1 – Survey of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
The first part of the project is to write a paper providing a general survey and discussion of robotics and artificial intelligence. This paper must specifically include the following:
A definition and discussion of artificial intelligence, including specific examples from both medicine and other areas. By specific examples, I mean the names of specific projects or products (typically including names, years, locations, etc), not just categories or types of applications. Don’t just name them – say how they work, and what capabilities they have. Be sure to specify what the systems are used for, and what it is that qualifies them to be considered intelligent. To do a good job of this, you will have to talk about what intelligence means. Although many robotic systems include aspects of artificial intelligence, the examples you use for this section must incorporate artificial intelligence but not robotics. So a medical expert system or a...