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.
1. What makes the roach such a good model for a robot?
2. An insect's six legs give it this important advantage:
- a. its small size.
- b. its intelligence.
- c. its locomotory abilities.
- d. its personality.
"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
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.
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
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