National Robotics Week Begins Saturday!

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Celebrate National Robotics Week (April 3-11, 2021) with kids, virtually!

“The mission of National Robotics Week (RoboWeek) is simple: inspire students in robotics and STEM related fields, and share the excitement of robotics across all ages. At the same time we showcase the strength of the industry and the amazing things yet to come.”

Take a look at the National Robotics Week site (“Resources”) for some options like: Puzzles and games to play about robots, books on robots for every age, and even learning how the Roomba robot works (or how to take it apart).

For more fun, take a look at:

The strangeness of AI programing

With this Janelle Shane TED Talk:

“The danger of artificial intelligence isn’t that it’s going to rebel against us, but that it’s going to do exactly what we ask it to do, says AI researcher Janelle Shane. Sharing the weird, sometimes alarming antics of AI algorithms as they try to solve human problems — like creating new ice cream flavors or recognizing cars on the road — Shane shows why AI doesn’t yet measure up to real brains.”

How accurate are media portrayals of robots?

This Wired video has Chris Atkeson, a professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, watching a variety of scenes featuring robots from movies and television and breaking down how accurate their depictions really are.