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TEACHING GUIDES


INVENTING THE FUTURE: Viewer Challenge


Watch Scientific American Frontiers Show 701, "Inventing the Future," and test your knowledge by downloading and answering these questions.

VIRTUALLY REAL

  • 1. What game does Alan Alda play in the smart room?

  • a. Myst
  • b. SimCity
  • c. Doom
  • d. Qin

  • 2. How are virtual animals like Silas different from robots, in terms of the computer world?

BODY TALK

  • 3. In the future, the character called Gandolf will be able to recognize the content of:

  • a. emotions
  • b. gestures
  • c. faces
  • d. books

  • 4. How does a smart camera system know how to find the right shots?

SMART CAR

  • 5. List one thing a smart car might do if it senses the driver is getting sleepy.
  • 6. The part of the brain that Roz Picard says "functions like the fire alarm in your house" is called the:

  • a. amygdala
  • b. cortex
  • c. hippocampus
  • d. neocortex

PRIVATE EYES

  • 7. MIT students are experimenting with computers built into all of the following except:

  • a. eyeglasses
  • b. clothing
  • c. shoes
  • d. watches

  • 8. What happens when you walk on a shoe computer?

BRAIN MUSIC

  • 9. What is the sensor chair designed to measure?
  • 10. The rhythm tree, digital baton and sensor chair are examples of:

  • a. notation systems
  • b. new bands
  • c. hyperinstruments
  • d. musical scores

ANSWERS:

  • 1. c
  • 2. Animals juggle multiple goals, while robots focus on one thing at a time
  • 3. b
  • 4. Follows descriptions of actions in the script
  • 5. Turn on air-conditioner, sound warning, spray peppermint
  • 6. a
  • 7. d
  • 8. As you walk, you generate power; power builds up with each step
  • 9. Body's electric current or electric field
  • 10. c







 

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