TECHNOLOGICAL progress is always good.. yes?

lesson 1: Automation

Automation is having technology do things for you so that you don’t have to.

Automation is all around us. When you’re at a set of traffic lights, there isn’t a traffic light operator that decides when to change the light from red to green. It is done automatically. The street lights come on at night automatically.

Think Can you think of things in life that are automated? Make a list of ten with a partner . Good eh?

Learn How will automation affect us in the future? Discuss with a partner each job below and ask could it be replaced by a robot?

Can you think of any downsides to automation?

Discuss your findings with the whole class.

The future is uncertain automation is ever expanding making out lives easier but where will this end up?

Watch & think: Can you think of a job that cannot be automated in the future?

In your class break into groups of 3/4 and discuss the table (below) fill it in (with examples is possible) and discuss as a group when finished.

Make a chart like the one below and fill it in (good or bad).

Read this

Discuss all the question below -choose 1 and answer on Edmodo.

Should there be restrictions on using robots so as to preserve human jobs?

Should robots have the same rights as humans?

Does Pepper deserve our sympathy?

What makes humans more capable of having emotions than robots?

What do humans expect from robots?

What is considered a robot?

Can a relationship with a robot replace a human?

Watch 'Humans need not apply'- post your thoughts on Edmodo- at least 100 words + ideas on how can you future proof (click on link) yourself ?

lesson 2: Big Data & Online Privacy Risks and Rewards


What is Big Data?

Many people don't know what big data is and what it means for the future? have you heard of big data? can you guess what it is - discuss with a partner (1 min)


On Edmodo please answer the following:

1.What is personal data (examples).

2.Why do companies and governments want your personal data?

3. Why should we protect our data?

4. Can you get your personal information back again after you have shared it?

Apps That Mine your Data- Be careful what you download


Watch the video below: How can you protect your personal information?

Take Control- an advert by the European Commission


Make a poster making people aware of the main issues around data harvesting.

LESSON 3: Robot Rights & laws

The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or known as Asimov's Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov.

1.A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2.A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3.A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Some say these laws are out of date. Computer programmers are faced with issues when programming. have a look at the video below to see some of the challenges.


Can you think of some more laws we might need?


Write a paragraph explaining why

a-You strongly believe it is dangerous for computers to be more intelligent than us


b-You strongly believe it is vital for this to happen.

This article may help


Watch the video below email me your thoughts e.g Is it silly to be talking about robot rights when so many people and animals have so little rights around the world or is this something we need to think about now before its too late?