Free online lesson. Companion teaching materials for PBS documentary “NOVA: Rise of the Robots”. Grades 6-12.
Explore some of the social impacts and ethical questions related to the development of robots. Robots have become commonplace in factories; they are robust, precise, and used for the kinds of jobs that people find repetitive and boring. However, some people are concerned about how further advances in robotics may take jobs away from people in the future.
What social problems may robotic advances bring? In addition, there are ethical concerns related to the development of autonomous robots. For example, should a robot be able to decide who lives and who dies in an emergency situation? This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.