Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds When I say robotics, what is it that you imagine? Do you picture your favourite robots from fiction? There are many, many depictions of robots in fiction. There are robots in books, in TV series and in the movies. But robots today are a very real technology and a very, very useful technology. There are an increasing number of applications of robots in our society. Robots build things for us, they help us explore and monitor our world, and they can even heal us. Robotics is a an important technology. It’s an important technology today, and it will be more important in the future. My name’s Professor Peter Corke. Please join me as we explore the role of robots in our society.
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Introduction to Robotics: Robotics and Society
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Explore how robots are used in mechanisation, exploration, and building
Robots were once only found in fiction, but today they have become an important technology used widely in society. They mechanise industrial tasks, help us explore places humans can’t go, and can even help heal us.
On this three-week course, you’ll examine your perceptions of robotics, and how attitudes previously formed from fiction are significantly different to how robots are used today.
You’ll delve into the true role of robots in our society and be able to define a real robot, and what they can do. You’ll also investigate the importance of robotics as a field to understand their capabilities and the opportunities for the future.
Identify the ethical considerations of using different types of robots
You’ll discover the different types of robots and how they are applied to help us in a variety of ways, including exploring and monitoring our world.
You’ll also examine the ethical, privacy, and safety considerations of using robotics, particularly when we look at solving societal challenges. Just because we can use robots, does that mean we should?
Examine the role of robots in the future as a useful technology
On the course, you’ll be encouraged to join discussions on using robotics in the future.
You’ll learn how robots could be used to overcome challenges such as food production, ageing population, transport, and environmental change, and discuss the effects this could have on our society.
You’ll predict and reflect on the future role of the development of robotics, and gain a deeper understanding of how robots and humans interact.
- The importance of robotics as a field
- How ideas and attitudes towards robots have formed from fiction
- Defining a real robot
- How different types of robots are being applied today
- Ethical, privacy and safety considerations of using robotics
- Predicting the role of robots in future work
- How robotics might be applied to help solve society’s big challenges: food production, ageing populations, transport and environmental change
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain what robots are and what they can do
- Discuss the ethical considerations of using robots to help solve societal challenges
- Reflect on the future role and development of robotics in human society
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in discovering how our society currently uses robots, and how we might use them to solve big challenges in the future.
You don’t need any robotics knowledge or experience to join this course.
What software or tools do you need?
Everything you need to succeed in this course is provided. There is no specific equipment or software required.
Who developed the course?
World rankingTop 180Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019