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RoboRoach

Swim Like a Fish

Body Builders

Robots Have Feelings, Too

Go, Team!

Viewer Challenge
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TEACHING GUIDES


Natural Born Robots:
Viewer Challenge Quiz


Watch the Scientific American Frontiers special Natural Born Robots (Show 1002), and then test your knowledge by answering the following questions.



"RoboRoach"

1. What makes the roach such a good model for a robot?
a. its small size.
b. its intelligence.
c. its locomotory abilities.
d. its personality.

2. An insect's six legs give it this important advantage:


"Swim Like a Fish"

3. Why do robot builders want to design a robot that swims like a bluefin tuna?



4. MIT researchers discovered that the bluefin tuna is a champion swimmer because of this factor:
a. its aerodynamic skin
b. vortices propel the fish
c. flippers provide extra lift
d. flapping tail adds speed


"Body Builders"

5. This body part keeps a person's leg from buckling:

a. ankle
b. hip socket
c. lower vertebrae
d. kneecap


6. What makes Cog different from conventional robots?



"Robots Have Feelings, Too"

7. A robot will get more respect and attention from people if it:


8. According to the robot makers in this segment, machines with emotions are made "happier" by:
a. good human interaction.
b. other robots.
c. a day off.
d. new batteries.


"Go, Team!"

9. Host Alan Alda compares the collective behavior of a soccer team to a:
a. swarm of bees.
b. school of fish.
c. big mind.
d. baseball team.


10. What are the two keys to successful robot soccer?



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Scientific American Frontiers
Fall 1990 to Spring 2000
Sponsored by GTE Corporation,
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