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Welcome to Week 4

Watch Professor Richard Mitchell reflect on the week ahead as the focus shifts to robot brains, instinct and learning.

In Weeks 1-3 you learnt about robot anatomy and how they use sensors to detect where they are and how to ensure they move at the correct speed.

This week the focus shifts to robot brains, instinct and learning. In this brief video Richard reflects on the week ahead and draws on examples from nature to introduce some of the key concepts.

Update Monday 19th July

What do you call a gathering of robots? – The results

We’re delighted to announce the winning collective noun for this facilitated session of ‘Begin Robotics’ is ‘Cluster’, with ‘Team’ in 2nd place and ‘Swarm’ in 3rd.

Below are the winners from our previous runs of ‘Begin Robotics’:

11th run (first facilitated session) – Swarm of robots.

10th run – Network of robots.

9th run – Swarm of robots.

8th run – Swarm of robots.

7th run – Team of robots

6th run – Squad of robots

5th Run – Assembly of robots

4th Run – ASSEMBLIES (Automated Systematic Self Enabling Manifestation Basic Logarithmic Intelligence Exoskeleton Society) of robots

3rd Run – Assembly of robots

2nd Run – Assembly of robots

1st Run – Asimov of robots

What do you think of the results? Let us know in the comments area and thank you for all of your entries and for taking part in the poll.

Your mentor, Jason Dookarun will be supporting the discussions found at the end of each Step between 28 June and 25th July. You can ‘follow’ him to see his responses to other Learners; you just need to view his profile and click the ‘Follow’ button. By following a profile, any comments made will appear in your activity feed, which you can filter by selecting ‘Following’.

Jason will aim to answer your questions where he can but we can’t promise that he’ll be able to respond to everyone.

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